Less than a month to go
Aching legs, vaccination-punctured arms, we're all feeling the strain and we haven't even started the challenge yet. However the training schedule is beginning to bite now with around three weeks to go, the realisation that we have to cycle about 90kms a day for six days is hitting home. We're trying to ride as much during the week as possible which mostly means to work and back as the short winter days preclude much else but the weekends are when we can really do some long rides to try and get our bodies ready for the shock of 400 km across African roads.
I (andrew) managed to do some biking over Xmas while visting my parents but the -10 degree conditions of rural France probably wasn't great conditioning for the +30 degrees we're likely to find in Kenya.
Similarly, a New Years spent in the Brecon Beacons seemed to offer the chance for some real hill climbing action but the impressive persistent rain – it didn't stop for four days straight – meant that one soggy 20 miler was all that I managed.