So, planning the events/rides I want to do over the course of the next year. I like this bit - it feels like I'm actually doing something. And it's more interesting than the report I need to write, but then so is watching Airport Live....(seriously?)
So, I shall list these in chronological order because...well, it makes me feel more organised and hopefully covers up the inability to book the correct flight in the correct year and month.
Thetford MTB Enduro - 29th June 2013
South Downs Way in a day - 31st August 2013
GB's Surrey 100 - 14th September 2013
D2D - 5th October 2013
Bearbones 200 - 12th October 2013
Highland Trail Race - 24th May 2014
Tour Divide - 14th June 2014
I need to decided on whether I can do D2D and the BearBones 200 back to back, what distance I do for the Thetford MTB enduro and whether the HTR is too close to the start of the TD.
I think the Thetford Enduro will probably be the 6 hour one, mainly because I'm still getting quite a bit of back pain and...well...its less than two weeks away. But it'll just be nice to get a decent long MTB ride in and the Thetford lot always puts on a good course round the forest.
This list isn't currently complete. I've got the 'Ride to the (semi) North' planned at some point which will be an out and back to my Aunts in Lincoln. I think this should probably be done in deepest darkest winter so I get used to feeling the nastiness. Also got numerous Thetford Winter series and Gorrick races that I want to do. I might try to do the MSG race at Haleigh farm too, just because of the venue.
I'm also reading up on gear. I've got the bike sorted (I think) but there will be more to come on that as and when I start doing some proper distances. In fact, that's a total lie - I've no idea what bike I'll use, be it one I've already got or something I might purchase at some point (rather than food - I'm good at that). I need to ask someone who has done the event whether a cross bike would be better suited as I've heard it's not particularly technical and I get more hand positions with a drop bar. Anyway - exciting stuff and I LOVE buying new bikes.
Kit choice (sleeping/clothing) is still an area I know very little about so that's going to need lots of reading. My last bike packing trip was about 5 years ago with lots of AlpKit bags lashed to my Turner 5-spot. The tent leaked, I spent the weekend eating pot noodles and there were a lot of midges. So I need some new kit. The Salsa site is proving pretty useful although slightly scary, talk of swollen legs, painful knees and sore mouths from having to eat constantly. I'm also on BearBones which seems pretty awesome and particularly helpful. I need to get signed up on there and maybe start asking some newbie questions.
Riding to Swinley tonight - it looks like its going to piss it down so that'll be nice.