Should I be doing some training?
I have done some long bike rides and many many shorter ones. Shorter ones 20 to 35 miles, and longer being 60, to my longest at 102 miles. Yes, the last two are important. Without those where would I be now? Two miles from home of course!
You know how sometimes you have to seek advice from several sources before finding something that you want to hear? Well I did just that, and came upon this:
So you’re dreaming of life on the open road on that epic long-distance cycle tour. Yet you’re doing nothing proactive about it, because (among other reasons) you think you’re not fit enough. The odd commute or day-ride isn’t enough; it’s waaaaay too big a leap from your current lifestyle to the kind of physical fitness required for that big bicycle-mounted adventure.
Well, no, actually.
The truth about training for long-distance cycle touring is this:
Training yourself mentally will serve you far better than attempting to train yourself physically.
The best physical training for a big cycle tour is to ride a really heavy bike a really long way. Obviously. Guess what? You can do that by going on a big cycle tour. Start off gently. In less than a fortnight you’ll be as fit as you’ll ever need to be.
This Tom is Tom Allen. He has done a few miles on a bike… four years and thirty two countries… makes my adventure seem a little tame. Still, it is all relative. I have been riding an office chair for twenty years with barely a break. Anyway, I think he is qualified and I like his advice.
Must go, the chippy awaits.