So yesterday we had booked our bikes into the www.thebikestore.co.uk for their last check over by the professionals and because Jane was at work until 15:30, I decided I would get to Worthing a little earlier and give the guys in the bike shop a head start on my bike. It took me about an hour to get there with nothing too much to talk about on the way there. Other than it rained for most of it. Although I was soaked, I wasn’t cold so that is a start 🙂
I was also recording the ride with my www.hedcamz.com camera which I will upload the video to this page later today 🙂
Once I had dropped my bike off to the shop I decided I needed to do a bit of shopping and get some more shorts for the ride as I don’t really have any, so off I squelched around the shops. I found few pairs of shorts and tried on rake loads 🙂 I hate clothes shopping but needs must, and I was doing ok.
I decided to start walking back to the bike shop to meet Jane, and as I walk out of the shop, I see a cyclist come off their bike with an almighty crash, so I run over, and as I got nearer I realised it was Jane. I got some strange looks by a passersby as I cuddled her and gave her a kiss… she was in a bit of pain but put on a brave face… good ole’ Jane 🙂
The bikes were now in the shop, and it was time to go and get a hot drink and try to warm up 🙂
At 17:30, the bikes were ready, and we had to get the locks for the bikes as well as our insurance company wanted special type D locks so that was another fairly big expense we could have done without, but we had to so that was that 🙂 boy did these locks weigh a fair bit.
The other thing that I was trying out was my new heart-rate monitor. I have to say I was quite impressed with the watch it automatically worked out the zones I needed to train in and what not so I simply had to put the watch on and the strap, and away I went. I went out of my zone a couple of times, but I tried to stay in zone, and I felt pretty good after the 30-mile ride yesterday so let’s see how things improve.
On the way, home the heavens opened and the wind picked up, and I can honestly say I have never been so wet in all my life, and it was getting pretty damn cold. This was training for Scotland in a massive way. I hope we don’t get too many wet days like this as it is not going to a great deal of fun and soul destroying at that.
It took a little over an hour to get home, and we went straight into the shower as we were pretty cold.
After a pint in our local pub, we decided to head back home and start packing our panniers, oh boy, that is going to be a challenge in itself… We really are going to have to cut out a lot of our supplies….
I really hope you are enjoying reading my badly written posts, and that you’re not bored yet. Please can I remind you that we are doing this trip to raise money for Help For Heroes, and that we want to raise a minimum of £3,000 so please give generously.