Saturday, February 19, 2011

Getting Ready - Half the Fun

I love cycling and, if possible, try to incorporate it in my holidays.  It could be a day's rental in Ostersund, Sweden or the borrow of a friend's bike for four days in Les Isles de la Madeleine.

This year I decided to dream a little bigger.  The C2C route ( across England was appealing and not wanting to rush it (the pubs and ales were calling) I chose a hybrid route that offered six days on the road from Ulverston to Sunderland.  It gives me plenty of time to dawdle and discover.

Other than my cold weather tights and various rain gear I've never been one for cycle clothing but, never ignoring a 'need' to accessorize, I happily flashed the VISA at Mountain Equipment Coop for some updating.

Also, being gadget-crazy, I 'invested' in a helmet video cam ( to grab the passing scenery.  I'll be bringing along all my usual gadgetry and will post along the route whenever I'm in WIFI country. I'll be on my own on the road so I've got myself a UK Virgin Mobile SIM waiting to pop into my cell phone once I get to Heathrow.

Winter in Ottawa is still hitting us with its volatile thaw/deep freeze cycle but I'm making the most of it by training indoors every Saturday until early April.  I want to be able to climb Hartside ( with minimal huffing and puffing.

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