In past endurance cycle rides I’ve found that my body adjusts to the required physical demands and after a few successive days of cycling my legs get progressively stronger. There’s no such option with Lap the World and so I’ve been present and accounted for the 6:30am alarm clock to cycle to work each morning.
At 6 miles, the cycle ride into work is some way short of the required 18,000, but as a route through busy city streets that involve as much time spent waiting at traffic lights as turning the pedals, I try to think of each journey as an interval session that alternates between intense bursts and rest.
Arriving 25 minutes later at work (it’s a Dawes Discovery bike rather than a high-tuned Road bike) I begin the second cycling session of the day by using a mini-exercise bike which is discreetly tucked beneath my desk during office hours. While alone in the office I’m able to pedal at my desk for 30 minutes without any suspicious looks from workmates.
Colleagues are forgiving of this peculiar workout regime and seem to understand planning an expedition around the world while juggling a full time job doesn’t allow a great amount of time to train.
After a moderate 30 minute pedal I generally warm down with ten minutes of stretching. It wouldn’t hurt to extend this but the layers of thermal clothing are by this point acting like a bin liner and absorbing moisture so there’s some urgency to shake them off.
I took two weeks rest over Christmas and New Year without any cycling and it took much longer than two weeks to recover the loss of fitness so I was find that thought useful to consider when mulling a warmer and less active way to work.
Hopefully the soggy starts to the winter morning will be long forgotten by September.