17 Feb The 100 Mile Mark
The first, rather small milestone has been reached. Today the odometer ticked over to 100 miles. To be honest, I haven’t had the opportunity to do a lot of long runs, just a series of smaller ones of up to ten miles, but I reckon reaching a hundred miles in just over six days isn’t too bad.
Reaching 100 miles also means the bike is due back in the garage for a check over to make sure everything has settled in well and to recheck all of the bolts. I’ll also use this time to readjust a couple of components like the saddle and the handlebars. Ideally, the saddle needs to come back a bit more on the bike and the handlebars need readjusting to a flatter position. As it is, it’s not too bad but while I have the time and the expertise to hand, I’d rather make sure the bike is as comfortable for me as possible.
Hopefully, over the next hundred miles, I will have added a bit more weight to the bike to get used to the change in handling. The real test will come when I go on a ten-day training trip around the UK. I’ll be taking everything that I’ll be bringing along on the main trip with me to simulate the conditions I will experience on the trip as closely as possible. It will give me a chance to ensure that I really need everything I’m carrying and that I’m not missing anything I really could do with. It will also mean I can test out the camping setup and get used to selecting appropriate locations to camp.
Best go. I’ve got some practice miles to get in.
Edited by – Emer Garry