Yep, just 12 short weeks to go until the start. Possibly. I think it is anyway, but them I am rubbish at maths, or counting, or both, so I wouldn’t necessarily believe a word I say!
Whatever, it’s there or thereabouts so if you haven’t started training, you’d better get your ….er…bike shoes on! And judging by the number of hits I’ve had on my blog over the last couple of weeks from people searching for “TransRockies Training Plan”, there must be quite a few people out there who haven’t started training yet. (I suppose it could be just one person who keeps on trying to find a better plan than mine and has a very short memory).
With 12 weeks to go, I’ve starting having little niggling doubts….am I training enough? Am I doing the right sort of training? Have I got the right bike? blah blah blah. I know it’s dumb, because I have my training log from 2009, and I know I’m doing more hours per month than I did then. I also know that almost every day in this year’s race is shorter than 2009…..but it still niggles away.
While we’re on the subject of the route, I’m not convinced by the latest route changes the organizers have announced….we now have 3 days around Fernie, with day 4 starting with a 4 hour bus ride. I guess we’ll find out when we race, but it seems to take away some of the “out there in the wilderness” aspect of the race. I just hope that a) the Fernie singletrack lives up to the hype (the bit we did on Day 7 in 09 was very good!) and b) days 4 – 7 give us that wilderness experience (preferably with nice sunshine!)
I’d be really pissed off if I’d signed up for TR3 (you ride the first 3 days of the full event)….it now means you only get to ride around Fernie!
Oh and it’s now mandatory for each competitor to carry bear spray..if you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll know my thoughts on bear spray!
Anyway, I’m off to do the Bucks Off Road Sportive tomorrow -we’ve signed up to do the 100km distance…that’ll be the longest bike ride I’ve done since August 14th 2009 and almost the longest I’ve ever done (August 12th 2009, 107.93km). I know the Chilterns aren’t exactly the Rockies (no bears for a start), but all those little hills do add up!! I wonder if Mark™ is planning to recreate his August 14th 2009 experience and ride with only 3 gears??!!