Friday, 11 April 2014
340 Miles in the week and a sore butt.
I was, however, part way through my second hundred in a week and beginning to feel as though training had turned serious at last.
Starting the previous week I had completed a 60, a 120 and another 65 mile over four days and on this day I left home at 05:50 heading for Norwich and then further East to the sea at Dunwich. (That reminds me, I must look up the dates for the next 'Dunwich Dynamo', a 120 mile night ride I have yet to complete, but certainly on the radar.)
On the two longest rides, I have made a point of calling in to see either my father or mother, or both. My father still smiles in recognition when I pitch up. A fact that makes every mile worth a thousand times more than just a training exercise.
I was also very grateful to the staff, who agreed to let me put one of my posters up in Fox Earth. If I can finally work out how to allow people to follow me on this blog, I shall be a lot further along the fund-raising path than I currently am, but in the mean-time I have been learning plenty about long hours in the saddle.
Talking of which, here are two things that I shall be taking.
This Brooks Flyer saddle on the other-hand, is advertised on their website for long-distance use and has come off the converted mountain bike that I did Land's End - John O'Groats (LEJOG) on, in 2010. It is well worn in and super comfortable
Ideally I would buy another, the Team Pro, which is
essentially the same style without the springs and therefore considerably lighter.
I may yet, but since I have a good seat, there are other more important purchases that will come ahead of it.
Not least the small matter of the hub dynamo, lights and new front wheel that I have discovered will likely have to go with it. (All to do with spoking apparently.)