Thoughts and tales from the saddle - on my own in Europe.

Thursday, June 09, 2005


I've never really been one for 'training' particularly. I've always just done stuff that happens to keep me fit.

I've never really liked gyms either, because I just never got the point of them - people running 20 minutes on a treadmill so...? So what? So that they can come back next week and do it again? What are they doing it for? Nothing.

Well, weight loss/vanity/wellbeing obviously play a part, but as that was something that never really concerned me, I didn't really see it like that.

So introducing the concept of training to myself was something I was a bit apprehensive about. The main focus of the training isn't actually the big trip, but the France trip in the summer. The time constraint I have on it (two and a half weeks - 700 miles) puts enormous pressure on my ability to be able to cycle a long way each day with a loaded bike. When I go on the big trip I will have no time constraint (and by that I mean no work to get back for) so I can do as much or as little as I like, and my fitness can improve naturally as I progress.

In France, though, I have to cycle a lot. So that's what I'm doing now - cycling a lot. How else do you prepare for cycling 60 miles a day, every day? I could go to the gym, I guess.


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