It’s now around 3 weeks since the rollercoaster of LEJOGLE came to an end, and my range of thoughts and emotions since have also had lots of peaks and troughs. On the last day, to say I was struggling was an understatement. On Day 10, and getting over the Severn Bridge, I knew that I had just over 200 miles to go....
It's a common feeling when you've been preparing for so long for something so big. The crash that comes after the event. It comes regardless of whether you were triumphant, or things didn't go to plan. The success of the event is just a volume button really to the emptiness that is invariably felt once the euphoria (or disappointment) wears off.
The plan for the route is to plot days of around 200 miles a day, broken into 4 legs a day. This adopts a Mark Beaumont 'around the world in 80 days' approach, where you only focus on completion of the leg you are riding, and not the whole ride. I can get my head around that, and my training has been focused on 'legs' accordingly.
Whenever you want to attempt something pretty epic, it's generally a good idea to have some kind of plan. And like a good Cub Scout it helps to always be prepared.
How do you get your head around the idea of being able to cycle 1800 miles in 10 days?
It's quite simple - you dont!
You can't really. You can get your head around the idea of a long ride, and even several long rides. But one single ride from the bottom to the top of the country and back again? That's a lot to process. Especially when you don't have a great track record time wise.
Everything's changed now!
In just 3 weeks, the way the world works has changed beyond recognition.
To be fair, we missed the first signs in Wuhan in China at the end of December 2019....
Ok, ok, so why the CV-19 history lesson?
Well, this now affects every part of our lives. Almost every sporting event or leisure adventure around the world has been cancelled....