Day 3 – Thursday 26th March

Today I’m back to a ‘normal’ workout day.

  • 20 minutes plus 5 minutes cooldown level 12
  • Flat bench and squats, incline bench and BORs and Abs
  • Heart rate = 153 bpm
  • Calories = 218
  • Distance covered = 7.04 miles!  
  • Total distance so far = 30.49 miles

Much as I love Masterchef it’s the music that keeps me pumping – shout out for the Black Eyed Peas – got me through a horrid lactic acid raise at minute 14.

Keep those upbeat music suggestions coming!

Today I got as far as Lybster.

During a large part of the 1900s Lybster supported a successful white fish fleet, but this has gone, leaving a much quieter place now home to a number of small fishing boats catching lobsters and crabs. This is a really superb working harbour in a stunning location.

I feel like I’ve travelled a long way already but it looks quite insignificant on the map.

Any tips for technique (just stay on the bike!) music tracks, comments on beauty spots or must-see places – will be much appreciated.  Can’t wait to hear from you all.


Day 4 – Friday 27th March

Right today I’m back to focusing on just cycling.

  • 1 hr plus 5 minutes cooldown level 8
  • Max heart rate = 153 bpm
  • Calories = 497
  • Distance covered = 17.56 miles!  
  • Total distance so far = 48.05 miles

I ramped up the up the disco music and today it was the fabulous M People that kept my legs spinning round – and I’d reached 10 miles by the time I was at 38.17 minutes.  Very encouraging and I was pleased with my best distance yet – 17.56 miles.  Whoop!  I had ‘searched for the hero’ and I was definitely ‘moving on up’ today!

Today I made it to just past Badbea. Now long abandoned, this was once a clearance village for the tenant farmers evicted from the Highlands when the landowners wanted to turn the land over to sheep farming.  

The evicted families struggled to farm on this steeply sloping, rocky land so close to the sea with only a small croft for each family. The winds were so fierce, that the women used to tether their animals – and even their children – to rocks and posts to prevent them being blown off the cliff and into the sea. The men joined the herring fishing industry to supplement the meagre income they could raise from their livestock and small amount of arable but the industry died out and the village was eventually abandoned and the houses fell into ruin.