Tick tock goes the clock. Clip clop goes my shoes. Swish swoosh go my tyres.
All I’ve been doing is trying to get out when I can. The weather in the UK is not always conducive to training for a summer race in the heat. But I have to log some miles, put in some time on foot or wheel. Just get out there.
It’s just under 4 months before the Tour Divide starts. I know most of the things that I need to organise can be done in a short space of time. Flights, kit, accommodation at the start, sorting a lift home from the end. But the one thing that I can’t leave for much longer is me. My fitness, my strength, my ability to propel my bike and I from Banff to Antelope Wells. It is a rather long way.
So I’ve been active, not training per say, but keeping active. Walking where I’d normally drive, riding whenever I can. I’ve spent as much time as I can on the Fargo, getting used to how it rides in any and all trail types. Even on the road – which is a bit slow and dull. I’ve started riding everywhere loaded up, if for no reason but to get used to carrying the extra weight. It is a lot, but it can come down when I get less… festive.
So the time is coming where I have to be a bit stricter. Tighten up so to speak. The first bit is easy – no beer. The second bit -no cake – is less easy…we’ll see how that goes.