There are just a few days to go and then I'll be attempting to pedal 180 miles around London over two days as part of London Revolution.
Admittedly my so-called training has pretty much fallen by the way side and I've barely taken the bike out of my "shed" over the past month. In fact, since my last post in mid-April I've cycled the grand total of 88 miles, which is rather pathetic. It didn't help that I went to Rhodes for a week's R&R in the sun and came back about two stone heavier thanks to quite a lot of delicious buffet breakfasts and three-course evening meals. Oops.
I have, however, had my bike serviced in preparation by the lovely mechanic at the London Bicycle Repair Shop in SE1. I got new brake and gear cables, a new chain and a new 7-speed screw-on freewheel. And boy, when I rode home after having all that work done, it was like riding a brand new bike. I practically flew home — so fast and quick and easy.
I'm not sure it's going to feel so fast and quick and easy when I tackle the first 100 miles on Saturday, though.
In the meantime, I'd be delighted if any of my readers wished to sponsor my attempt. I've decided to raise money for for Arthritis Research UK primarily because I was was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis in 2008. It's been pretty much in "remission" for the past two-and-a-bit years but has recently returned.
To make a donation, please visit my Virgin Money fund-raising page. I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations no matter how small.
Wish me luck — and strong legs! I'll keep you posted on how it all goes and hope to tweet a few pictures as I go along. You can follow me on Twitter @kimbofo and if I can get Map My Tracks live tracking to work, you might be able to see my progress (or lack thereof) as it happens…