Several months ago, Father-Grandbeing suggested that we should start our training for Vatternrundan in May. It didn’t seem enough time, to me, but the year ran away with me – May arrived and I hadn’t really done any training. So taking his advice, I have been trying to get a few more miles in – on the two days that I went to work this week I cycled to (5 miles) and home (15 miles) from work.
Currently anything over 10 miles seems difficult, particularly on my Giant (Winter bike), so when at the 10 (out of 12) mile point this evening Ollie said “Well that’s one eighteenth of Vatternrundan we’ve just done – that’s okay isn’t it”. Noooo, no it isn’t okay, it’s hard and I can’t do it 17 more times in one go!!
Got to sleep – up early for a 30 miler. Looking forward to riding the Ribble on Sunday!
I’ve been thinking for a while that I should change the branding of my blog; “Laura Kate cycles London…the trials of a novice cyclist attempting 100 miles..” really isn’t relevant anymore. I’ve not really had the time to do anything about it though – but now I have a reason and it was a fairly simple change too.
We are going to Sweden!!!!!!!
We spent all weekend considering it, and decided that now is the time to do it. It’s going to be a mission, an adventure and extremely hard but hopefully somewhere in there it will be amazing and kind of fun too!
So, we will leave after work, drive to the coast, hop on a ferry – sleep on the ferry for 8 hours, drive for something insane like an entire day, sleep, drive, cycle over night, sleep, drive, ferry…home, work. Work for about 2 weeks and then go to the Alps for some light relief.
At least cycling overnight means that you need one less bed and breakfast!
Better hope these supplements I’m taking help me to recover!
On Wednesday evening, we set the computers up side by side – copied our registration codes, ready to be pasted and watched the screen refresh over and over again – until 1900 Sweden time (1800 here) when the registration link appeared for Vatternrundan!
We quickly pasted in the codes and pressed send.
A bit of an anti-climax to be honest – we expected to have to do more. BUT we didn’t have to wait long until we received e-mails notifying us that we had been successful and that our start times were 2156 and 2206 (me first) on 17 June 2016.
EXCITING! – We are going to Sweden!!!!
And then we realised – Sweden is hard to get to, its quite far away and we only have a long weekend. Oh, and Vatternrundan is over 180 miles of cycling (not to mention that one of us can barely manage 20 miles at the moment!). Unbelievably, neither of us had considered how we, and two bikes might actually GET to Sweden.
So, we have 5 days (well 3 now) in which to pay, else we lose our places – 5 days to work out whether getting to Sweden cycling for about 17 hours and then getting back is possible!