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 Dave 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.

Me, Colin, Pete and Dave ( Team Jogle4bc )

Me, Colin, Pete and Dave ( Team Jogle4bc )

Recovery and Repair

The ice and pain killers clearly helped a lot, the following day the knee was sore but much less swollen and working good enough. Probably should have rested it some more but wont have that luxury if it happens on the ride, so why now? Anyways Liz was able to get the spares I needed to fix the bike, gear hanger, chain , pulley/jockey wheels. The rear mech is a bit twisted but changing gear still ok, so will leave that for now and the rear wheel has a slight buckle which I aim to sort before the ride. Managed to get out for a ride with Colin and knee held up pretty good, so quite happy. Colin was suffering a bit with a tight chest, due to a bit of a cold but was able to complete the ride, although I think it took it out of him a bit. Like I said though, on the ride i'm sure both of us will have good and bad days, so good to know we were both able to slug it out and finish, even if not at any great pace. Like I keep saying it's not a race we just have to finish each day. Had some great news today, "Pompeys Pummellers", professional sports masseuses, are going to look after us between now and the ride. They offer a very professional service and will get our bodies as ready as they can be for the ride. We're extremely grateful to them for their off of help and once a week we will be, well pummelled I guess! Links to the website are on the blog, give them a call and see what they can do for you. bye for now Nic