Back in the Saddle – Update 16

Time for another update. I’ve made it as far as Nottingham now. Over the last couple of weeks I’ve managed to cover 3km a day on several occasions! I don’t want to tempt fate or speak too soon, but maybe, just maybe, I’m finally starting to come out of this fatigue flare. Keeping fingers firmly crossed, touching lots of wood and all that sort of thing anyway.

Strange to think that if I’d been able to keep to my original target, of about 5km a day, I’d only be about 40 or so days away from John o’Groats right now. But hey, I’ve kept going and I am getting closer to the end point with every slow turn of the pedals. Hopefully, I’ll be able to carry on building up my strength and stamina and will get there by the middle of next year.

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Back in the Saddle – Update 15

I made it as far as Leicester on my virtual exercise bike challenge – going from Lands End to John o’Groats! I virtually ‘dropped in’ to see our favourite Leicester resident. It would have been a great opportunity to play some board games I’m sure.

I may be rather behind my original target of reaching John o’Groats by 24th January, but hey, all things considered, I’m proud of the fact that I’m still going and have now got past the 40% point of the route. Next stop will be Nottingham, which is 43km away. I’ll do another update when I get there.

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Back in the Saddle – Update 13

Slowly but surely I am pedaling on towards my goal of cycling from Lands End to John o’Groats on my trusty exercise bike. I’ve now made it as far as Stratford-upon-Avon. Thankfully, I survived the M40 and am now back onto A roads up to Coventry.

Somehow I think I might need to adjust my end date. I’m 3/4 of the way through my original time scale but not quite 40% through the journey. Hmmmm… maybe 24th July 2022 might be more realistic? Hopefully my daily distances will start to pick up at some point soon.

At least I’m still going though.

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Back in the Saddle – Update 11

Thankfully it wasn’t far from Salisbury to Stonehenge, so I’ve already reached my next checkpoint on my exercise bike challenge. It’s going to be a while before my next update as I need to get all the way up to Oxford and that’s 110km away. Should be there by October though.

I’m glad this is a virtual challenge, I’m not sure I’d take a real bike up the A34! I guess I could at least take a break at Chieveley services like we used to when we did collections and drop offs of the kids with my parents…

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Back in the Saddle – Update 10

Still slowly pedalling on with my exercise bike challenge. Just made it to Salisbury. I’m now 25% of the way through my virtual journey from Lands End to John o’Groats.

Obviously still very behind – 466km to be precise. The red marker, just beyond the half way point, shows where I should be by now, if I were to try and reach the finish by my original target of 24th January 2022. However, life does like to throw extra challenges at us all and over 20 weeks (so far) of fatigue flare has definitely been a whopping challenge for me this year.

John o’Groats will still be there when I do eventually get there. I shall continue to channel my inner Dory and just keep pedalling… pedalling, pedalling… pedalling, pedalling, pedalling, pedalling…

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Back in the Saddle – Update 9

Yippee! I’ve finally made it to Ringwood! The hare and the tortoise approach is working well. I really don’t mind how far behind schedule I am, because I know I will get there eventually. I’m especially proud of keeping going yesterday and today, bearing in mind swimming might have been a better option! Nothing quite like a burst in a mains pressure water pipe, a non-working stop cock and sorting the ensuing mess that all causes to add to the gaiety of nations…

On to Salisbury I go now…

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Back in the Saddle – Update 8

5 months and 4 days after I started my daft quest of completing the virtual Lands End to John o’Groats challenge on my exercise bike, and despite my ongoing fatigue flare, I have now made it to Bournemouth! If I’d managed to keep to my 5km a day target, I would be up past Leicester by now. However, life had other plans for me this year. I am proud to say though, that I haven’t missed a single day so far, and even a 0.25km distance achieved chips a little bit off the overall distance. I will get there eventually.

My next unofficial target is to get to Ringwood. I’m sure I will receive a warm welcome when I get there.

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