#149 is my new lucky number! Last Saturday I found out I’ve been allocated that number, so I’ll be rocking one of the bad boys below with number 149.
From Friday 10pm, you can start following dot #149 on www.transcontinental.cc to see my progress. I will also try to write short daily updates on this blog. For those new to the concept, remember it’s a self-supported bike race. This means:
- No navigational help, f.e. when you think I’m going the wrong way, you can’t let me know. I have to figure it out myself.
- No help with finding accommodations, bike shops, anything like that.
- If anyone had any crazy plans to come cheer my on en route, no resupply of drinks, food or materials and don’t let me draft in your wheel. It’s encouraged by Mike and Anna to have any supporters come to one of the checkpoints, instead of anywhere else along the way.
Well, I think you get the point. Just trust that I’ll be fine, because I will be. There’s a couple of things you can do:
- Your cheers and (mental) support are very welcome. Drop me a line on Facebook or on this blog.
- Feel free to share this page with others. I’ve been getting a lot of love from the most unexpected corners, which made me a bit shy, but I also liked it. 🙂
- I often get songs – or just 2 or 3 lines of them actually – stuck in my head while riding. Different song suggestions to sing in my head are very welcome, to have some variation. It helps if I know the song.
- If I end up calling you to say that I want to give up, do not let me! Unless I’m physically hurt, or I have another really really really plausible reason to quit, please tell me to woman the F*** up, maybe have a good night rest, and continue the next morning. Dont fall for my act of emotional trainwreck. If you fear that you will, just hang up.
I don’t think that this situation will occur, I’m usually quite good at kicking myself in the butt. And I’m not even exactly sure if an act of tough love like that is really allowed, but it’s still important to me that you understand how I feel about it.
As for preparation, I’m doing quite OK. All my pre-race vaccination are done and I’ve stopped training by now, to be as rested as I can when I leave. My kit is near complete, except for some minor things I need to get at the store. I thought I’d go mad with nerves by this time, but so far so good. Spare time is spent doing some last minute route checking, and when you get to look at these kinds of streetviews, you can only start looking forward to it.
4 more days!