What's it all about?
At the end of September 2012 I completed a cycle from Portsmouth 2 Penzance a total of 273 miles! raising money for Children In Need is the Plan. This was also be a personal challenge for me as I haven't been cycling in over 25 years and that was only for fun nothing serious. On top of that have a prolapsed disc, was 46 years old and at the start of 2012 a bit over weight, well lot over weight really, since then I've lost nearly 3 stone! So I opted to do the big one, John O'Groats 2 Lands End on May 6th 2013. The End 2 End or P2P (point to point, as it's sometimes called ) around 1000 miles! This time I had company, Colin, a friend from work, who has said he is as mad as I am and would like to come! This blog contains that story....This event is in memory of the sad passing of my mum on 17th of April this year having lost her fight with terminal Bowel Cancer.
I guess you'd call it the sequel, I have decided it would be just rude not to go back the other way!!! so May 2015, with a new friend, Pete and with Alan driving a support vehicle ( luxury) we plan the classic Lands End to John O'Groats, also known as LEJOG. Mad ? yes I think we must be.
Embarrassment and progress all in the same day!
Went out on my 25 mile (well nearly) today, same loop I've done 3 times before. At the start I've got to go up quite a steep hill past the entrance to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth. Cardiac hill as I call it. well a few hundred yards from the top I was overtaken by a snake thin chap in his mid sixties !! not only that he quite happily wished me good morning without a hint of being out of breath!...... Still got a long way to go.
The progress was at the end of the ride I discovered I was a few 6 minutes faster than last week.... so I guess every cloud has a silver lining..
Total time: 1:44:54
Active time: 1:40:14
Idle time: 0:4:40
Average speed: 14.69
AVS gross: 14.04
Max speed: 32.99
Total uphill: 1699
Total downhill: -1686