Tuesday, 23 February 2010
Monday, 22 February 2010
I'm definitely starting to feel fitter and more prepared. The spinning classes help but do leave you in a pool of sweat after 45 minutes if you work hard. Off again tonight :-)
Thursday, 18 February 2010
- Avoid main roads wherever possible.
- Must be achievable in 9-10 days.
- Er, thats it.
Have add a chat with Ade (riding partner for the trip) and agreed that it would be a good idea to not over-do the mileage on the first couple of days. Cornwall and Devon are hilly and it seems silly to risk over-use injuries early on in the trip. I've read of others who have fallen foul in this respect. So, the plan is to get a bit of a head start with 40-50 miles when we arrive down there on 'day zero' (29th April) and keep mileage down to 80 miles per day on day 1 and 2. In addition, we also have a 'spare' 10th day in case of problems etc. en route although the advance booking of B&B's might influence whether we do use it. It's really there in case of emergency anyway.
Wednesday, 17 February 2010
I've also resolved to buy some new cycling shorts! The ones I've used recently are embarrasingly old and I'm placing the blame for all this unpleasantness squarely on them.
Wednesday, 10 February 2010
Was planning to ride for a couple of hours this afternoon but the weather really deteriorated whilst I was walking the dog at lunchtime. Hail and then heavy snow! Decided not to risk slipping and falling so sat in front of the fire and did some work. Wuss. I will be making good use of the time during this crappy weather though. Route planning starts this week!
Did make myself do another punishing 50 minutes on the turbo trainer this evening though. Really hard work and ended up sweating like the proverbial pig. All necessary though given my relatively poor fitness at the moment. Time for a drink …