If you follow our FB page, you will already know the Easter period was always going to be a quiet one for training.
Rob is off spending time with his family. I have flown over to Ireland for a long weekend and Ryanair wouldn’t let me bring the bike on as hand luggage. Neale is also spending time away with family and friends.
So, I thought I would spend a little time reflecting on what we plan to do on the bike ride, maybe put it into perspective. I think if I break it down then maybe we will understand the challenge a little bit more. I do admit this may be a dangerous approach, up until now I have happily kept bike helmeted head in a rather large bucket of sand.
So, Lands End to John O’Groats. This is a very well known journey from the most southern point of the U.K mainland to the most northern point. It’s quite the coveted prize for hikers and cyclists across our glorious nation. It’s a trip of between 900 and 1000plus miles (depending on your route). We are aiming to do this over a period of 8 days which means an average of 120 plus miles a day.
120plus miles a day… For eight days a row… Where’s that bucket of sand?
I’ve heard it said that riding100 miles is the equivalent of running a marathon. I’m not sure if that is true or not but it sounds good so I’ll happily quote that because it makes me look cool.
A week or so ago I rode three days in a row, each day riding for about 34 miles. At the end of the week I felt pretty awesome because I’d ridden 100 miles in 3 days. Although the word ‘awesome’ only applies if you choose to ignore the tender rump I ended up with after riding three days in a row.
It’s April now and we are riding LEJOG (acronym for Lands End / John O’Groats) in September. So between now and then my mileage on the rather narrow saddle needs to improve significantly (as does my pain threshold).
And make no mistake, this isn’t some foregone conclusion that we rock up and eight days later finish. For me personally this is an uber challenge. I’m not expecting anything but tears and pain. But I can’t help but think that, yes we are going to do this ride but 8 days later it’s all done. We can go home, feel proud and rub various creams into tender rumps. But the people who work for these charities, they can’t just go home after 8 days. The constant struggle to find the funds to maintain their good work must be overwhelming at times.
So, yes, I feel awesome picking up this challenge. It’s massive for me but compared to what the good people at LAM Action and Meningitis Now do on a daily basis, well it’s clear to me where the hard work really is. It’s clear to me where the heroes are.
I hope the readers of this blog agree and if any of you can afford a donation, I know all the riders will be as grateful as the charities.
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