LEJOG: One Week In

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One week in and there have been ups and downs. For this to work I must cycle every day. Unfortunately I have missed two days due to fatigue. In hindsight I was foolish really. I should have thought that I’d need a couple of weeks ramp up to get comfortable cycling every single day.

I did two consecutive days, then rested. If I’m honest I used the disruption of routine in having the kids, though I think that did me good.

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Training: My Feet

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Comfortable feet is crucial with a firm fit to avoid blisters. Given the pounding they will take my feet are the thing I need to look after the most.

I need to find a good pair of lightweight walking boots. It’s important they are lightweight because I don’t push off with the ball of my feet, I lift with my legs. Fully able people put 60-80% pressure through the ball of the foot, I put 5-10% through the ball of my foot. This puts a huge amount of pressure on the heel so another critical feature is cushioning for the heel.

This is perhaps the trickiest part for me and the most crucial bit of kit for me to get right. I have made bad choices many times with footwear and always paid for it dearly. You get this wrong, you’ll be miserable all day, and in the worst case, stop any further walking.

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Virtual Cycle: Lands End to John O’ Groats

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I started this to kill a few birds with one stone. First, to get fit and into the right frame of mind for the West Highland Way adventure next year. Second to build strength in my legs and third to lose weight.

Lands End to John O’ Groats (LEJOG) is approximately 1083 miles. I have chosen to do it in 80 days at an overall average of 13 miles a day. I can start out less than that and project I’ll be finishing at 16-20 miles a day. I have also chosen to only use cycling as an exercise source to count towards the goal.

I chose this challenge because it is significant, requires I keep up the exercise every day, and long enough to ingrain the routine.

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