The best thing about the start of a New Year is you get to make all manner of noble resolutions. In search of improved efficiencies, I normally just recycle my old bog standards Get Fit and Ride My Bike Once a Week. But this year there was a big bloody elephant in the planning room, a 3000 kilometer bike ride in April and pretty much makes my old favourites redundant, overshadowed by a new and very pressing resolution Do Not Die in The Karoo.
Preparing for the Old Legs Tour has become all- consuming. But the rules clearly state you can’t just have just one New Year’s Resolution, so have also resolved To Not Kill Any Warthogs in 2018 and To Not Build Any Multi Story Car Parks. Have also decided to hang on to the one old well-worn resolution, Love My Wife Dearly because it’s very closely linked to the aforementioned Do Not Die in the Karoo.
Alas. I blew out on my training target of 160 kilometers a week in January in my very first week. I had to go to Mana Pools to look at lions and elephants and to not catch fish. I am seriously considering including Do Not Catch Fish an official resolution going forward because it is very low hanging fruit.
I am happy to report that Week Two is officially job done on the 160 kilometers pedaled, courtesy of a 76 kilo loop ride through the Mazowe Valley this morning with Dave Whitehead, including a monstrous mountain that I’ve never noticed before. But my pat on the back celebrations were slightly diluted when Dave told me he’s clocked up 300 kilos this week. Alas. But despite his annoying ability to scamper up bloody hills, the ride was good nonetheless, too pretty and good humour. If I keep to my program, come April 7th I will either be very fit or completely bloody knackered.
Elsewhere Bruce is training hard in KZN, ditto Alastair in Malawi. Preparations are gathering momentum. We’ve started talking to corporate sponsors. Our route is almost set in stone. I found a town in the middle of nowhere called "Hotazel", pronounced "Hot as Hell" so am trying to juggle so we can ride through it. Have started making accommodation bookings. Night One we camp at the Kadoma Golf Club. Hopefully a bunch of riders from Kadoma will join us on the first leg, ditto members of The Herd. Night Two we’re at Antelope Park in Gweru. And on Night Twenty Four, we’re camping at the Linton Park Wine Estates in Wellington. Which is useful because Bruce says fluid intake is all important.
We have a vacancies in the support vehicle and for two riders in the pelaton so shout if you are interested and completely mental. The ride will be epic, apparently, according to Bruce.
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