Training days

The day has arrived (and passed) and it’s clear I’ve still not learnt my lesson.

It’s three months out before beginning the next big tour so the training now begins in ernest. After a few months of near constant rain and a winter spread, I’m expecting a yet more months of constant rain with a liberal dose of self inflicted pain. I’m not sure how oxygen efficient it will be, but I’m seriously considering buying a snorkel!

As I’ve noted in past posts, this time I have company – ‘Horse’ (Dean Ogilvie) from the League of Clevedon Wheelmen is joining me, so we are on a training programme to get our kneeses ship shape for the ride ahead. The route is plotted (the South Island traverse) with another big wiggle of about 1,700km over a three week timespan.

Today was a short 76km rolling ride west into world. Clevedon to Clarks beach return. Not to taxing, but I’ll still be applying a liberal dose of X-Zone tonight (this stuff was a god send on the last tour).

Be prepared for more mayhem, machinery and man bits in follow up posts in the months ahead!