Monday, 20 July 2009

Sunday 19th July
Its 7.20am and after cycling 8 miles Phil and I meet on the canal in Leeds near Armley, we are just warmed up and set off towards Castleford, although the ground is soft, muddy and loads of puddles we are speeding along nicely. Then the rain starts, just a drizzle at 1st and as we get to Methley its bouncing down. This is all part of the training, you have to take the rough with the smooth, for all we know it could be bouncing down on August the 21st when we do the big ride. We carry on and 25 miles later we get just passed Stanley ferry, time for a drink, Mars bar and banana and its stopped raining. Time to head back, 5 miles later the heavens opened up and within minutes we are soaked, shoes and feet wet through along with whole body, but we keep going back to Leeds and then onto our respective homes. Another 50 miles of training done and fitter than ever, its hard work and not for the light hearted, this is a big challenge and has to be taken seriously. Sunday 26th July we are starting at the 1st big tunnel that leads onto Foulridge tunnel just to get all the planning spot on and cycle back to Leeds, about 70 mile, just 4 weeks to go and we are nearly ready.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Looking forward to reading your story of the canal ride, its something that I am just starting to organise for my little team of troopers after we finished the C2C route last weekend - our next target is Anfield to Elland Rd either in September (work shifts allowing) or early spring next year.

I'd be interested to hear your experiences on the towpath in the more out of the way places, the last time I rode the section coming down from the Stainburn area to Gargrave it was a nightmare and we got off the path after suffering on it for several miles - that was ten years ago though, hope its changed !

Good luck on your trip.