I was super tired yesterday morning (day 5). It’s really strange, when I’m on my bike I can just keep going and going. It’s like my body knows what to do. But when I am at home or work, I just want to have a big long snooze. I’m sure this sensation will ease as I start to eat more and find a rhythm. At the moment, I am probably still burning quite a bit of nervous energy with both the “wow, I’m actually going to be ‘that guy’ who did something crazy?” and the “will I actually make it to the end?” But as the days pass and I clock up the milestones, the answer to both questions will more easily come as “yes” and this will help reduce the wasted energy.
Instead of getting up at ridiculous o’clock (3:30am) to go cycling, I got up at a marginally more reasonable time (5:00am) to start my work day early and prepare for an afternoon ride.
What a glorious ride it was too. The sun was shining. The breeze was gentle. The sky was blue and the tide was out along the coast, making for pretty muddy views.
I completed 71km and then stopped at the pub to catch up with friends. Two hours and much laughter (but no alcohol for me) later I was back on my bike. I have to thank my mate Jakey for loaning me his jumper because it was quite cold at 8pm last night.
It was only 13km home but I still had to ride 29km. So I did some laps of Loganholme, rode the long way home and did some laps of my neighbourhood.
At 3hrs 38mins, day 5 was by far my fastest 100km of the challenge so far. It felt good to go fast and know that I can do it.
Total: 105.5km cycling
Cycling for Hope cumulative total: 507.3km
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