We've finally agreed the dates - 6th May til 16th May. 8 Days riding. 950ish miles (depending on the route). Four confirmed riders (myself, Darren, Phill, Jon), three support crew (Tim, Lynne, Becky).
I have some slightly strange feelings about it.
- It doesn't seem that difficult. Only 120 miles a day for eight days. How hard can it be?
- It doesn't seem that impressive. Loads of people do it.
- I'm not that inspired, yet. I'm sure that'll come. I was more inspired by the thought of the Dragon Ride last year, and that was only one lot of 119 miles.
From what I've read, recovery is the key. That's OK, because I'm rubbish at sleeping, especially after a big bike ride. Lets look at what the pros do:
- Get off bike, get recovery drink shoved into them. I can do this, I can drink recovery drink
- Get driven to their hotel. Ah, we'll be camping.
- Massage. Anyone want to come along to massage me? (Note, must be female)
- Team doctors, who have been known to help with "special" treatments. Um, I'll pack some ibuprofen
- Recovery tights. That's OK, it involves buying stuff. I've already got a pair of these
- A nutritionally balanced diet. We'll have pasta, Torq bars and beer.
One final question - is this worth getting sponsored for? You see, I'm doing it anyway, for fun. In my view something sponsored should not be fun. Opinions?