that time of year when m cycles around a forest for 24 hours! in scotland!! in january!!!
we gave it a miss last year and spent the weekend in oban with one of m's friends, we stayed in, we enjoyed the log fire, we went for walks when the wind and rain held off long enough, we ate good food, we had a lay-in ... but not this year!
the day before the race, we'll be heading north, hoping the snow isn't as bad as it is here and setting up camp for the weekend in the forest. in a strange kind of way, i think i am looking forward to it. i love camping out in the forest and even though it is going to be pretty extreme weather conditions, each year we have been better prepared - i'm taking as many layers of warm clothing as we can pack in the van, plus i've bought some half-sized hot water bottles ... one to tuck in the front of my salopettes, one to tuck in the back :)
i really don't know how all these brave, foolhardy cyclists manage to keep going through the night - it's usually freezing, muddy, wet, icy, snowing, windy and it gets dark soooooo early.
energy gels have a rather unfortunate effect on the digestive system so this year, i've made some syrupy, sugary, chocolatey, nutty, fruity goodies to give m that energy boost he needs. well, to be honest, i've made a few extra, you know, just in case i get peckish during the night!