Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Progress...kind of

Well the TD prep has taken a big step closer with out me swinging a leg over a bike for a while. The ACA maps have arrived (complete with adenda) and I have been busy studying them and typing out the direction changes for a South to North trip. I didn't bother with the trail info, ie "Mile 65.4 cross cattle guard" because I will have the maps for that should I need to confirm it further. I only want the "Mile 54.3 turn LEFT on to FR 3020" on the queue sheets and the GPS should confirm it :)

The wealth of info on the maps has also (with careful reading of various accounts of previous races) to note down the locations and distances between services so I can see long drags where I might need to stock up and other points where there is another gas station 4miles down the road. I have added this to the queues and hope to plan my days around what I can hit when. The down side of this is that I will hit Pie Town either Sunday evening when they are closed or Monday when they are closed all day. I was looking forward to pie too :(

So having seen the miles between towns / services, some idea of trail conditions (or what they could be) I have sketched out a plan of where I want to be at the end of each day and thus the total days on the trail...and it is a lot less than I was planning for. Which means I will go with my original plan and if I finish early all the better :) At this stage I need to test the new sleeping bag and get some 100mile+ days back to back before commiting to any numbers.

The kit is, pending some tough testing, pretty sorted at 20lbs ex food and water. I am sure I could drop some stuff but I am happy with that weight and I have clothes for all weathers down to -10degC and up to, well 80-90degF (yes I love mixing units!) pending me coping with it as I am not naturally a warm weather person as India and Nepal have shown me. They have also given me plenty of opertunity to find work-arounds for heat and keeping moving.

So on the body training front the gym looks like the only option so I plan to sign up on Monday and get some plan for core and upper body strength and possibly some strength work out for my legs as I can spin the pedals all day but short "grunts" of climbs leave me flat!

...

Alex

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

And now for something completely the same....

Not much to report on the whole TD thing except maps are ordered, 500g sleeping bag on the way and not much left to do but join a gym.

A while back I ordered a great T-shirt and stickers that I saw on MTBR from Bikeage. Their customer service to A1 and the T and sticers arrived today. Guess what I am wearing tomorrow :)

Spend money with them, they deserve it.

Alex