Team Pedal Day 3 and we set off early to be driven back to yesterday’s finishing point in Ilmington to cover the remaining miles back to Oxford. There is something mildly unsettling about being driven away from somewhere you then need to cycle back towards, but that is something we have to face up to on this journey, as we may not always be able to cycle to our destination every day.
Today the plan was to continue through Oxford and head towards Guildford but my knee had other plans. After a painful day yesterday when I started getting knee pain towards the end of the day, I had hoped a good nights rest would solve it. Unfortunately not as today’s 35 miles were excruciating.
This early in the trip we need to make the most of the additional days we have set aside for rest. Whilst our bodies are adjusting to the sudden onslaught we’re putting on them, rest days during this time can be very beneficial for us all. So we made it back to Oxford after making the Team decision to rest for the afternoon.
It’s important for us to always keep the bigger picture in mind. We have to make it all the way to Switzerland, so it makes little sense to push through injury and potentially make it worse. If I pushed myself through injury and couldn’t even make it across France I would be very disappointed. Currently my knee is drugged up, bandaged up, raised up and iced up – all this will hopefully make it better tomorrow and ready to do the next 80 miles. We’re all optimistic that our afternoon of rest will refresh us all and allow the Team to push on further. The last two days have been very hard, but we’re all still determined and committed, spurred on by the great support we’re receiving from everyone.
And finally, a little light relief, from today’s journey…