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The best form of training.

I haven’t been doing any training for the past few weeks. What with finishing work, and organising logistics, there’s little time to make room for anything else. Before that I did the odd 50Km on a training bike, but it’s safe to say that any gains made by that are long gone.

But to be honest I’m not that worried about lack of conditioning.

There are three reasons for this lack of training:

1) Of course doing a few weeks of cycle training will put me in a better shape than no weeks of training, but, as the trip is going to take several months (potentially up to 12 months), there’s plenty of time to get into condition along the way.

2) I think training may make me think – “Oh God what am I getting in to?”. The realisation that it’s not going to be easy is one that I’m quite happy to keep at bay until I’m in the US, standing under that seemingly never-ending hill climb.

3) The training bike is way too small.

The best form of training for a trip like this, I hope, is just to crack on and get on with it.



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