Day 17 – Thursday 9th April

  • 20 minutes plus 5 minutes’ cooldown level 12 (bike 2)
  • Sets incline and abs
  • Max heart rate = 164bpm
  • Calories = 224, total so far = 5070
  • Distance covered = 7.34 miles
  • Total distance so far = 176.1 miles

Today’s ride was so tough – again – but maybe not surprising as I’ve moved the level back up to 12 and I’m still on bike 2. On the last hill my legs were burning and the rpm was dropping until ‘get your head in the right place this is yours if you want it!!’ from my trainer (aka David!). 

I didn’t have the energy or breath to spare to argue back so I just did it and – hooray – my best distance so far for this time.

I think you’ll agree my choice of listening was very appropriate today – Till I Collapse, Eminem (very nearly did!) and Eye of the Tiger, Survivor for a glorious upbeat finish.

Today my journey takes me as far as Kinveachy on the road to Aviemore. Plenty to visit here and well worth a stop.

Do make a slight detour to the east and visit the peaceful Boat of Garten village set amongst heather clad hills and native woodlands in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park.

It’s the perfect place to explore the surrounding countryside or simply unwind. Walking, cycling and golf are on offer and even a ride on a steam train. The scenic Strathspey steam railway is a 10 mile restored stretch of the original Highland Railway which was brought back to life in 1978 by a dedicated group of volunteers.

Just a mile and a half from Boat of Garten is Abernethy Forest RSPB Reserve on the shore of Loch Garten. Between April and August you may see the famous ospreys at their nest, hopefully with some chicks, while in spring there is a good chance of spotting capercaillie, especially in the early morning hours.

We have whizzed by various whisky distilleries on our route but as gin is more of our tipple and after all that fresh air and activity, I think we deserve just a little bit of a longer stop here to make a visit to the Balmenach Distillery and sample some of their Caorunn Gin.