With just over a year left until my next cycling adventure around the world, I have decided to get into training by going on a virtual bike ride to India. Just what, you may ask, is a virtual bike ride to India then? What exactly is this guy on about?
Well, the idea is to total up the number of kilometres (yes, I will be keeping track in kilometres and not miles) that I ride each week to and from work, on my turbo trainer at home, and weekend rides. I will then update a Google map with my position on what would be my virtual bike ride to India. As I do this, I will also write a few lines about the villages, towns and areas I would have passed through. Progress is not going to be rapid, as I will be cycling in my spare time and I suspect that I will rarely exceed 200 kms a week riding.
Just why am I doing this? – It's a way to keep myself motivated and focused in the build up to the next real cycling trip, helps me get into shape, and adds a different dimension to both my training and this travel blog. It's all a bit of fun that should go towards passing the time between now and my next cycling adventure in as rewarding a fashion as possible. You never know, it might even start a craze. In fact, why not go on a virtual bike ride yourself? – We could even go together!
Virtual Bike Ride to India – Week 1
Friday 01/11/13 – I rode 20 kms on the turbo trainer in my living room. This put me at just outside Lavendon on the A428 on my virtual tour. Success on day one!
Saturday 02/11/13 – I went out riding with my niece Lauren in the morning, and clocked up another 25 kms. I must say, that I don't care if she is ten – If she doesn't pick the pace up, I am never going to reach India! (Joking). On the virtual map, that put me in Wyboston in Bedfordshire.
Sunday 03/11/13 – After carb loading by accidentally drinking two bottles of wine the night before (kids, don't try that at home), I hit the road for a longish ride of 50 kms. This would have put me just outside Chesterford. It's at this point I am starting to question my route planning skills, as this is not the greatest way to get to Dover!
Monday 04/11/13 – A short ride of 15 kms today.
Tuesday 05/11/13 – This was a day off the bike, and instead of cycling, I did some core body exercises.
Wednesday 06/11/13 – Back on the bike again, and I did 20 kms on the turbo trainer, placing me just outside Bishops Stortford. 6 days cycling, and I haven't even got out of England yet! Very slow progress indeed, although a respectable 130 kms cycled over the six days.
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