Sunday, April 24, 2011

40.76 More Practice Miles

Sunday, April 24, I started out at 8:30 for Stittsville via the bike paths. Took a few little breaks but still did 40.76 miles in 3:45, burning about 1800 calories.

When I was ready to start back I set the Garmin Forerunner to guide me back to my starting point and I set up the display resolution so that I could see major turns. It would beep at me and display 'Approaching Turn' when the turn angle was pronounced. It's quite audible even in the wind so I'm sure it will be fun to hear it call out my tour waypoints.

Now for lunch!

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A Little Practice to Keep in Shape

Did a 30 mile ride today though there were errand stops and a coffee and breakfast at Second Cup.

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Final Preparations

I finished my last cycling endurance class on April 2 and plodded home slowly afterward having expended 2115 calories during the four hour session.  We practiced numerous intervals, sprints and climbs.  Glad that it's over for the season but I'll probably do it again next winter.

There's about a month before I start my cycle tour and I don't want to lose my edge so I did a 20 mile bike run on Tuesday to get a feel for the timing and effort. Piece of cake! Took me one and three-quarters hours and that included having to pull over and wait as a police motorcade roared down Preston Street.  It was also my first real test of the GPS while cycling.  It was fun to glance at my wrist and see the tenths of miles tick by.

The first leg of the tour is Ulverston to Grasmere, a distance of about 23 miles.  The second leg, Grasmere to Keswick,  a little over 15 miles. This gives me plenty of time to stop and take in a few sights along the way.  I'll definitely be stopping in to see John Ruskin's house and the Ruskin Museum.

One unforeseen detail pertains to my luggage. I've restricted myself to carry-on for years but because I'll be carrying a universal cycling repair kit and it contains a screwdriver I'm going to have to check my main bag.

Unless something comes up between now and my flight date  the next entry should come from Manchester where I'll be staying for a few days.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Details have arrived!

Just got the detailed route package for my tour. Maps, guides, map holder, luggage tags, etc.

I'm starting out in Manchester at
for a few days,

then it's up to Ulverston and the biking where I'll stay
at these inns along the way;

A short metro ride at tour's end will bring me to  Newcastle where I'll stay at

and then I'll take my final jaunt up to Edinburgh at

I have to pick up the bicycle at Gill Cycles in Ulverston where I'm told I don't get panniers so I'm bringing one of mine along.
Will have to buy a water bottle or two locally 'cause I'm not using up valuable packing space with empty bottles.

Now it's time to absorb the maps bearing in mind that some of it is very detailed with little lanes and paths.