LEJOG plans are slowly taking shape – transport in the bag, team kit chosen, sponsorships plans opportunities opening up, initial accommodation booked. So how goes the team training? Hmmm.
2 of us out this weekend – me and Gio. Sammy and Tubs skiing (separately) abroad, Ian visiting friends in Anstruther, Mark hopefully into his solo secret training, and there’s David (fair play to him he did cycle from Edinburgh to Uddingston again).
The weather on Saturday was honking – a howling gale and the rain lashing down – and bitterly cold. So we concocted a strange little routine. Head from Bishopbriggs to Lennoxtown and head up and over and down the Crow Road. Then turn back and up and over and down the Crow Road. And finally, up to the top of the Crow and turn round and back down – just too cold and horribly windy to to go down to Fintry and back up again.
So a good day in the bag working with adverse conditions, and a nice little spurt after the final descent when a fellow cyclist had the audacity to go past us (we’d passed him earlier) – a target. He blasted along, and we sat with him and got the heat in the bones again. Very nice.
And so to Sunday. Me and Gio again. A recovery ride suggested by Gio, but the day looked so nice (apart from a fair old wind again) that the shout went out – let’s do the Tak and the Crow. No ride can be described as a recovery with the Tak a part of it.
Another good day, with the pair of us working well together, crawling along the Carron Valley into the wind and keeping it tidy up the Crow – again. Good miles in the bag. Roll on next week. And a bigger team?