Well, not quite race day but I set up my training plan to end a week early as I have some planes, trains and automobiles to catch before I straddle the Muru in Banff.
I started my Training Peaks program back in early February and I find it hard to believe I have come to the sharp end already. Just 1 more sleep and I will be at the airport trying not to catch someone else's flu for 14 hours to L.A.
The reason I posted the TP message up is because actually, I do feel fit and strong. Probably the fittest I have been since my early twenties and at 80.5kg(177lb), the lightest I have been since my mid twenties. I could maybe lose another kg or two but that would be it. I am pretty happy with where I am physically and mentally.
After knocking over a licence renewal at work I can concentrate on putting the final touches on my kit and packing it carefully into a bike box.
Appropriately, that box is called a Bike Pack.
I was lucky enough to have a small send off lunch with good friends and family where my lovely and VERY understanding wife presented me with a cake she had made especially for the occasion. I especially liked the Arnott's Tiny Teddy bursting out of the trees. ;)
Just before I head off I would like to thank some people for helping me get to where I am. There are many of you so I won't name names in case I miss somebody out but let me just say the advice, support, encouragement and light hearted ribbing over the last six months have all been greatly appreciated. Much more than I can ever convey.
Links to follow my progress -
Trackleaders - This is THE place to watch Blue Dots (and of course Pink ones too).
Bikepacking.net - The official, unofficial forum where everything Tour Divide Race gets discussed. This is a great place to get a feel for what is happening on out on the trail.
Tour Divide Homepage - Find the "official" home page of the tour where the rules reside as well as various other links.