tcr no 4 – I’m out

Hi Mike/Anna

I’ve made the difficult decision to withdraw from this year’s race.

I’ve just not got going this year at all, (very strange for me) and having the race hanging there as a target is acting as a hindrance rather than motivator.  I just want to rediscover having fun on the bike again, and just want to ride over the summer building my fitness slowly back up.

It would be great if you could get someone on the waiting list to fill the spot, so it’s not wasted.

Obviously I don’t expect any refund.

If you need any one to help dot watching etc, or any assistance with pre-reg in London, Geraardsbergen or even assisting with controls further into the race then I would love to help in any way I can.

I would love to be back next year, (enthusiasm and ballot willing) – tcr 3 was by far the toughest thing I have ever done, and probably the most enjoyable.

Thanks

rob #52 from no3

17 weeks to go

Its not been a good year
I was going to pull out of tcr no4 at the start of February, but the missus convinced me to wait until the end of Feb before making a decision.  (wise Women)
So at the end of Feb, I bought a new bike frame, (to give me motivation).  That failed.  However I ticked over a bit, and did enough to keep going.  Regular turbos / spin classes, started yoga again, and regular bike commuting.  However, I found almost any excuse not to ride at the weekend.  Its apparently been the warmest winter for ages,  but I struggled to get out.
Maybe its been 5 years of consistent winter riding and I just cant be arsed with it any more – I suffer with cold hands and feet.
Maybe its the 2.5 hrs of daily bike commute – mon-thu, come rain or shine  so on saturday I have a lie in, and on Sunday I just don’t fancy the cold – the duvet is winning.
Now its the end of March.  and its time to go, or not go.
Had to go over to my dads old house at the weekend to check stuff… This was an easy bread and butter ride last winter.  2.5 hrs over and then 2.5 back, or extend it to 3.5 ish each way.  On Saturday, the duvet was winning but  had a heart to heart with my self, and out I went.  Massive tailwind so I had an easy ride
Pondered what to do on the way home – take a train or ride..??  It started raining a bit, but it was warm, so I just rode home.  woowhoo – just a 5 hr ride, but the longest I’ve done in months.  And the strong headwind home was way easier than Greece / Turkey……  I loved it.
So I sat with the missus and discussed things.
I now have a weekly program, and a rough outline of the next 17 weeks.
time to htfu