Team Beatson Cycle to Skye (Part 2)

Day 2: King’s House Hotel to Spean Bridge, 36.5 miles So this was our ‘recovery day’. If anyone had told me even a week ago that a near 40 mile cycle would be classed as a recovery day I would have laughed out loud, but actually compared to Thursday this really was a relief. Having thought I would sleep like ┬áthe dead on Thursday night, I actually slept very fitfully and found everyone else much the same at breakfast (exhausted and somewhat glassy eyed). We had a relatively late start in the still pouring rain but beautiful surroundings of Glencoe….

Team Beatson Cycle to Skye

Gosh. Where to start. I was thinking about what to write in this blog quite a lot during the (many) hours of cycling over the weekend, but haven’t had the chance to sit down to write anything, due to lack of wifi/computer/time etc, but mostly through total exhaustion. And actually now we’re home I am desperate to get into my own bed and stay there for a week, but I think I need to do this now ┬ábefore I forget everything. That being said, I’m also trying to put together some photos and video footage from the trip to include…

Sept 16th 2015. 22 miles. Last training cycle

I had to go it alone today as all my usual exercise buddies were otherwise engaged (mainly working – understandably. It is a Wednesday after all). I couldn’t quite face the Crow Road on my own (essentially in case I died and no one could find my body, or worse I was knocked off my bike into a field un-witnessed and couldn’t reach my phone to call for help due to full body paralysis) (these are the genuine fears I have before setting off for a cycle – running in my mind remains far less hazardous, and hence stressful). So…

Sept 13th 2015. 25 mile cycle. First time up the Crow Road (oof)

It’s been a busy week and I haven’t quite managed to catch my breath since the exertions of last weekend. On Wednesday night we hosted a careers evening at the Beatson for around 70 school children and I spoke to them about the work we do in terms of clinical trials and new drug development – it was great to see how interested, and indeed excited they were to hear about it. On Thursday night I attended the Beatson Ambassadors’ Event and had the privilege of meeting Commonwealth Games silver medallist in the hurdles for Team Scotland, Eilidh Childs, who…

Sept 5th and 6th 2015. 10 mile run and 56 mile cycle. Busy weekend……

It’s amazing the things that creep up on you that seemed like a good idea at the time. My sister in law Judy (who appeared in this blog back in February when we went for a run together in Tighnabruaich at half term) had mentioned the ‘Kyles 10 Miles’ run, which actually finished along the route we ran in February, a while back and I agreed to do it with her. ‘How hard can it be?’ I thought at the time – it wouldn’t be too long after the marathon so my running legs should still be working I thought…