Well, that’s it, the hard training is now over, I can only hope I’ve done enough – I certainly think I have although I still have a nagging doubt that my daily schedule might be a tad ambitious although I can always tweak it on the way as I haven’t booked my accommodation or return train in advance.
I’ve chatted to Darren from Blackburn who is doing it the same time as me and we’ve agreed to meet and travel from Bristol to Carlisle – it was a relief when he told me he too is a ‘plodder’ 🙂 so things are looking good as long as I can make it up to Bristol by my second night.
The bike – had it’s major service at KB Cycles and required a new headset, chain, rear cassette and bottom bracket – so nothing major then!! I’ve just had a puncture on my way top work today which the slime failed to seal so I’ll replace the tube – better this week than next. New front wheel arrived so that’s fitted.
Did my final 67 hilly miler up to the cyclists cafe at Elsdon which is hosted by Marion and Alan Graham. If you are a cyclist in the area you really should pop in and see them (closed Thursdays) and try the home made Gibbet cake which apparently helps you climb up the Winter’s Gibbet. Had a slight twinge in right knee – applied the Ibuleve gel as soon as I’d had my recovery drink (chocolate milkshake).
So, this week will be tapering down the miles and carbohydrate loading (at least I have an excuse this week) and doing final kit checks before the adventure starts from Newcastle Central Station on Saturday.
I will be adding a new page (live progress tab) just prior to my departure to the blog which will show every 10 mins how far/little I have progressed during the trip – feel free to bookmark it when it goes live.