The Countess of Wessex is currently undergoing training for her 445 mile Duke of Edinburgh Diamond award challenge, and has opened up about how challenging she has found the preparation for her impressive journey so far.
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Appearing on the royal family's Instagram account, Sophie said: "I think if you'd asked me a few months ago if I would be able to do sixty miles I think I probably would have laughed but here we are I'm doing sixty miles!
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The Countess has been training for a 445 mile challenge
"It's been hard and it's probably been harder than I thought. There have definitely been moments when I have thought what on earth have I decided to do?!"
The video was captioned explaining the Countess's ambitious challenge. It read: "An update from The Countess of Wessex on training for her 445 mile #DofEChallenge. The Countess of Wessex will cycle from the Palace of Holyroodhouse to Buckingham Palace in September, on behalf of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award @dofeuk in its 60th year."
Sophie opened up about the cycling challenge
The challenge will take place in six weeks, and the Countess will be joined by a team of six others who represent four of HRH's regiments including 5th Battalion The Rifles, RAF Wittering, Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps and Corps of Army Music. The HMS Daring, which will be on sea during the ride, will also have a team of cyclists going the distant on static bikes while on board.
Sophie spoke about the support she received from her team, saying: "They know how to get me from one point to the next…they're providing a lot of chat to distract me and a lot of encouragement up the hills!
"They've been incredible, huge enthusiasts, and I could not be doing this now if it wasn't for them."