Blog Entry Ten - D Day minus just 54 Days.
A life time ago Jenny and I helped an old French lady home after a cataract operation. She walked into her kitchen, saw her fridge and burst into tears. They were tears of joy. She hadn’t seen her fridge in years.
Helping old folk see again is what ZANE do, day in, day out. But they need help. Cataract operations cost ZANE one hundred dollars each and they have a long list of elderly people needing the treatment. This week our charities are taking a Dave, Ryan and I out to actually meet some of the people the Old Legs Tour is raising money to help. Which will be so cool. Photos next week. You can also help by signing as an Old Leg’s Tour sponsor or follow the Donate prompts on the Face Book page or on www.oldlegstour.co.zw
When Lance said it’s not about the bike, he clearly hadn’t been training on a clunky but much beloved 25 kg hardtail mountain bike. My new Momsen Vipa bike arrived and it’s clearly all about the bike. It weighs less than half my old bike and is very fast. And very sexy. I’m sure I heard Jenny whistling at me whilst riding, although it could’ve been my laboured breathing through my nose hairs. The only downside on the new bike is it has a skinny arse saddle on which the words Hang Over were first inspired. It really is a silly skimpy thing although I sort of understand the performance science behind the design. Having a skinny something wedged up your bottom clearly inspires a person peddle quicker so he can get to where he is going faster. But I have been told to persevere with it. And it is quite a sexy looking saddle.
Our Old Legs Tour pelaton has grown from 3 to 4 this week. 70 year old Neal Leach has signed up to join us from Bulawayo to Cape Town. Neal is a long standing member of the Bulawayo Lounge Lizards. Should you see him on his training rides, please cheer him on. The main Old Legs Tour riding group is now fully subscribed but Guest Riders are welcome on any and all legs. Including you, Adam Selby.
I only did 172 kms this week, falling short of my 200 km training target. But at least 100 of my kilometers were ridden under water and it is a scientific fact that submerged kilometers are longer. The mid season drought broke properly this week, mostly on my head. Luckily my new bike is more buoyant than my old one. This morning Rob Fisher and I rode out to the Enterprise Country Club and were overtaken by a fish. It was a fast fish, a Barracuda I think.
Until next week, peddle and enjoy.
Eric the almost as fast as a fish de Jong.