We decided to be responsible adults, and responsible adventurers, and get all of the necessary vaccinations for all the countries we are planning on entering. It felt a little overwhelming at first, but with the help of nurses at our local GP, and a nurse at the local Superdrug travel clinic, we've got them all planned and sorted.
The necessary travel vaccines for us were:
Way back near the start of this process we got in contact with Gareth at Spray.Bike about his newish to market product for personalisation of our trusty steeds. We had a few colours to play with and now, after months of consideration, we had a go at Helen's bike.
We've been training with British Military Fitness for a couple of months now and we've discovered one thing. We both knew we could cycle over a hundred miles in a day but that doesn't make you properly fit. BOY WERE WE UNFIT.
If you've ever heard of the BMF, you've probably heard that it's ex-military personnel shouting at you around a local park. Whilst that is true, the shouting is all of encouragement and I've never in my life had a better work out. I've never run so far, done so many sit ups/planks/press ups/squats etc etc and felt so joyous at the end of it. Being in the outdoors ramps up the difficulty because you can't cheat and turn down the elevation of the hill half way up when it gets hard.
The sessions run on a three tier fitness system. You decide how fit you are (beginner, average or expert) and take a bib (blue, red or green). At the Kelvingrove Park sessions usually we have two instructors; one to take the blues and one to take the reds and greens. However, twice now we've had a class in a single group and they have been epically brutal, but so worth it. Never do you get bored of going, every class is different and the instructors rotate around the parks in Glasgow.
Why am I telling you all this? Because breaking out of our comfort zone of cycling showed us how you can be very good at just one thing. I'm a terrible runner but one day I want to run a marathon so I'm going to keep at it. I was bad at cycling at one point but it only gets easier when you push yourself. And even then it only gets easier because you've probably stopped pushing yourself to get even better. When we started training we knew we did not want to end up with amazing legs, core and lungs but have a look of the Chris Froome about us with no upper body strength. We've agreed to circuit train when we stop in the evenings on the trip itself to keep our overall strength up, especially as we'll have wedding photos to take when we get back!
So if you hate the gym, or you're finding the gym is becoming "easy", go to a free taster session at your local BMF park. You can find their locations here. It's one of the best things I've decided to do this year, second to joining Tinder and meeting Mike.
Why are you still sitting there!?