As we continue to profile a number of our riders taking part in 'London 2 Paris: Inspiring the Revolution' this week we caught up with Nick Mashiter from the Press Association, who has kindly shared his blog with us...
Having just finished a 40 mile ride it is probably the best time to write – or at least finish - this blog.
That dull ache serves as a reminder I've done a little towards what I need to but also adds to the growing fear.
The fear I've got to double it before doing it all again for three more days.
That thought weighs heavily. I expect it may be the case for a few others.
My job – Midlands football writer for the Press Association – it limits my weekends as I'm either watching Aston Villa, West Brom or Leicester meaning I have to squeeze in what I can.
Early mornings in the gym, evenings or Sunday rides are becoming a bit of a staple.
Having entered, and currently training, on my own I've also got no base of comparison either so that is perhaps leading me to do more than needed – which maybe a good thing anyway.
It'll be worthwhile though. You paint a picture in your mind of what it's going to be like streaming through France to the finish.
And knowing it's for such a good cause makes it a little easier.
The guys at Cure Leukaemia first mentioned London 2 Paris: Inspiring the Revolution to me around October last year.
Having just bought a bike I was intrigued and I followed up my bravado by signing up.
I've been to their office a few times and the fact that only five people are running the charity is staggering considering the work involved.
Cure Leukaemia is still a relatively young charity but is doing so much good and you only have to look at the great strides it has made already to know what it could achieve.
I hope to add just a small slice to that.
Luckily, in my job I've got to know all the clubs in the area.
I've lived and worked in the West Midlands for over seven years so have decent links with them and they've been great in helping out.
Aston Villa, Stoke, Wolves and West Brom have all sorted signed shirts for me with the Stoke and Wolves ones raising over £200.
The Baggies passed over the shirt at the weekend and once I get the Villa top back I'm sure it'll help raise a load more.
I've posted them on the Facebook page and anyone who fancies a signed Villa shirt from this season then make me an offer – the bigger the better!
One final thing, like everyone else I'm delighted the weather has finally turned. I had to abort a ride 20 miles in a few weeks ago because of, what I can only assume, was the onset of mild hypothermia.
Unfortunately – and this is a tip - Lye Station doesn't have an indoor waiting room.
Having just missed one train I had to wait for another 40 minutes soaked through and freezing – pacing the shelter in the solace at least my feet were warming up.
Getting back with blue lips and in a general state of disarray is not the way to convince your girlfriend your training is going well...
Good luck everyone.
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