Ok so the clock is ticking and and there are really three things I need to do to get things heading in the right direction.
First I need to get my weight heading southwards and there's only one way to do that, fix the diet.
I don't know about you but I love cooking and when I think about what to cook I tend not to think in terms of what will be healthiest or appropriate, it's more about interest and tastiness. I love Moroccan, French, Italian, Japanese you name it, on top of that I make bread and deserts. Overall great for my level of interest but invariably more than I need or should eat because lets face it making one portion of anything is impossible.
So being that I can't be trusted, what to do?
One answer, get someone else to do it. I was looking around at the various options and found a number of companies that do delivered food, the one I chose was the diet factory, Australian owned, I can select from different calorie programs (I chose the 1500cal per day pack). The basic idea is you pay for a week of food they deliver it as pre made meals for breakfast lunch and dinner. My first delivery should be here Friday, I'll let you know how it goes.
Ok the second thing in my grand list is ramping up my riding distances. Having been a slacker for the past three months or so that won't be hard. For this I'm employing the wise guidance of a book I've had for some time "The Long Distance Cyclists Handbook" by Simon Doughty which was written to help people train for various types of long distance ride from racing to touring. The book also covers preparing for Randonees which fairly closely matches the type of ride I'll be going on. I'll be putting up my training program and the outcomes as I go.
The plan so far is to do 3 - 4 short to medium rides of between 30 and 80kms per week for the first month with one 100 - 150mk Audax ride in there towards the end. The second month move up to 4 - 5 short to medium rides of between 30 and 100kms aiming for at least 300kms per week with one 100 - 150km Audax ride in there for good measure, the following two months continue to ramp it up to about 500kms per week and do at least one 200km Audax ride as well.
I have a great little cycle computer from Suunto that tells me how unfit I am, so I'll be adding some of that info to my training plan as I go.
The third and final thing is the most important for the ride, that is raising money for the Sydney and Brisbane children's hospitals. The organisers (Trev and Kate) have put together some great sponsorship packages for businesses so if anyone knows of any companies that would be interested in sponsoring us just let me know and I'll get the wheels rolling or jump on the site
and contact Kate and Trev directly. Anyone else that would like to sponsor me there is a great page set up to collect money here,
you can also leave nice inspiring messages :)
Also in the next couple of days I'll be posting my training schedule with route maps so if anyone wants to join me you are very welcome. I you have any sage advice don't hold back I'm all ears :)