All uphill – well that’s how it feels

10 weeks to #joberg2c

Oh my gosh, were does the time go? Only ten weeks to get ready – I don’t think I’m going to make it. Where do I begin?

Well, firstly, we had sunshine today, which is a good thing, so I had the most wonderful ride in months. We had sunshine yesterday too, but I was stuck in the bike shop all day. But I made up for that today, not a long ride, only 40km, but with more than 500m of climbing, which made it even more worthwhile. I’m still getting over my cold – this green monster is still clinging to my chest like something from Alien – but at least I’m riding again, outside, and without frozen toes.

What else? Oh yes, I’ve decided to ride for a charity, in case anyone wants to sponsor me a few bob for my efforts. I’ve decided to ride for Velokhaya, a cycling charity in Khayalitsha near Cape Town. I’ll tell you more about them later, but this brings me to my other important point: I am having special kit made to highlight Velokhaya, and also Conquista (who I’ll be writing for) and Hammoon Cycles, Will’s bike shop. Got to give credit where credit’s due. And so I visited the good people at Kalas sportswear, who are giving me a good deal on the kit (more credit there). I hope that I can show you the design next week, and if you’d like a set, I’ll also tell you where to send the cheque.

Of course, all these things take time – the manufacture time for the kit is four to six weeks from confirmation of the design, so I really need to keep things moving in order to get everything together before I fly to South Africa.

That is also something I keep reminding myself when I’m out training – these things take time. I need to remember that I’m not going to get fit in a day, or even a week. All I can do is get myself to the start line in the best shape possible. After that it’s just survival, one day at a time.

And then there’s the bike. I hoped it would be all ready to ride by now, but little things have cropped up – mainly, the lockout on the suspension doesn’t work, so I have to send it back to Sram for them to fix or exchange it. The other issue is that the rear brake fitting doesn’t accommodate a 180mm rotor, so I have to send the rotor back to Hope Technology in Yorkshire (good old British technology) and exchange it for a 160mm rotor. These are just all the little things sent to try me.

I thought, somehow, that preparation for this event would be easier than for my previous two Cape Epics. After all, I prepared for those while working full time, commuting to London daily (which helped with training), coping with kids at home and a busy life. But now that I’m “retired”, it seems that I have less time for training, for preparing, for writing, but too much time lying in bed awake at night just thinking.

Or maybe it’s just that I’m getting too old for these things. Well, it’s too late to worry about that now.

One thought on “All uphill – well that’s how it feels

  1. If you can put in 6-7 weeks of sustained training, that should stand you in very good stead for the start of the race. A few long runs will also help with base fitness. Enjoy.

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