This is how it usually starts. A text or an email comes through.
This is the forth, maybe fifth time. The first was back in 2008. 'We've signed up for a mountain bike race. Are you in?' Of course I was. The Grand Raid Cristalp 2008 was a brutal day in the mountains. Nearly as brutal as the training that preceded it.
Over the following years it was like being in a curry house with the boys. Every selection had to be harder longer stronger than before. 2009, the Etape du Tour – Montelimar to Mont Ventoux. 2011, the Etape du Tour – Issoire to St Fleur (yes the wet cold one). 2012, the Maratona Dles Dolomites and a repeat on the Grand Raid Cristalp.
Then the text came through…
Thu 19 Sep 10:59
Signed up for Haute Route last night. You know what you've gotta do…
So here I am 6 weeks later. Three of us have signed up to do the Haute Route Alps. It's going to involve a lot of training, dieting, kit purchasing and general pain and suffering. This blog will chart my journey and hopefully see me arriving on the start line in Geneva on 24th August 2014.