Things have been fairly hectic last couple of weeks, but thought it was about time give you all an update on how things are going.
Following our last update where we headed down to Brighton we have continued to churn out the miles on the bike. There is now only 100 days to go until we set off in Calais, there is still a bit of time until we start the first of our epic challenges, but have a feeling that time will fly by!!!
Things are going well and we managed to get a really good training ride in with our personal trainer Rich (www.challengechaser.com) last weekend, where we headed off to Cranleigh for a c.70 mile bike ride. We set off super early to make sure we could get through Kingston before all the traffic built up, the 6am alarm on a Saturday was not much fun, but was most definitely worth it! Is always great to get out of London, even if for a short amount of time, and get some fresh country air into the lungs. Given we were heading over the Surrey hills this was very much required. It was really good to be able to get out with Rich so he could impart some useful tips on the bike and on training for events like we are. He did mention that it might be worthwhile if we “both lost a bit of timber” to make sure we can get up the mountains. It was kindly addressed to the both of us, but I don’t think it would take a rocket science to see who this was really aimed at….
This might be a bit of a struggle with the temptations of summer BBQs and afternoons sat in the sun in a beer garden coming up, but is a small thing to give up in the pursuit of what we are looking to achieve. So I think it will healthy eating and a few more hours with a view like below:
We are both feeling fitter and are confident that by the time we hit the start line we will be able to really nail the Race Across Europe. It is amazing how much more confident you feel on the bike after putting in a couple bigger rides, everything starts to feel a bit more normal and become one with the bike so to speak. It is very easy to forget however that you are attached to the bike and if you slow down this can have painful repercussions. Shay managed to experience this towards the end of our ride and yours truly was fortunate enough to be able to capture the moment.
We continue to reach out to different companies in the aim of getting support for Saddle Sand Sea, but this continues to be a tough battle, but one we are confident we will win and are highly driven to do so. We do however have some exciting new toys on the way to help us document our challenge in more detail which we are looking forward to announcing soon.
Also want to thank our awesome friends at SunGod (www.sungod.co) who helped us with an online competition, with a couple of free pairs to give away. Things like this really help us build exposure online and get the word of Saddle Sand Sea out there. This competition alone helped us reach over 2,600 people.
As always if you can think of anyone who might be able to help us out in any way, shape or form, please do let us know or pass on our details.