Tour de Force Training for December 2013

December was mostly spent in the UK.

550km cycled on Road bike and MTB in the 3 weeks I was home.

In line with TdF suggestions I did a 100km+100km back to back ride (Kingham Hill School and back twice) one day after the other. And yes, the 2nd day was tougher! Hmmm, need to do more back to back riding.

Plus a few MTB rides in the mud, one of which I had 4 punctures and had to bail to Charlbury Londis to buy another puncture repair kit cos I ran out of glue!

I also ran a 3/4 Marathon (32km) in the pouring rain.

I went ice climbing in Scotland, "camped" out in the hills in 100mph winds, freezing temperatures near Glen Coe. I say "camped" but actually slept rough, in a bivvi bag on the side of a mountain after too many seemed like a good idea at the time.

Bivi bags in Scotland in December  Sleeping rough in Scotland

The next day we had great intentions to hike up a mountain..... but my dear friend Craig pulled the soles off his boots (to craftily camoflage his hangover) and we had to turn back.

Christmas Day was spend refueling all the calories burned, and then Boxing Day flying back to Siberia Frown


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