Tour of the Highlands Lookahead?

Was originally gutted to have missed out on the Tour of the Highlands (TOTH) three day event, but then delighted to be one of the lucky (???) few to get a second chance just before Christmas; so signed up and ready to go. This latest update of some of the route posted on the event Facebook book page gives a really good idea of what my #festive500 was like along with the current daily commute.

Get those winter (nautical) miles in. But stay warm and safe out there. Lots of debris and water on the TOTH roads.

Posted by Tour of the Highlands on Monday, 4 January 2016

#Festive500 Day 6 Ride

Last day!  I cannot believe after the first couple of days how much the weather has changed.  Overcast but warm and dry, perfect conditions for this time of year though better get my skates on because storm Frank (yes that really is the name of the storm) is heading in.  The turnaround in the morning has quickly become a routine; I have shut the side gate so the dog cannot go walkabout much to her disappointment.

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#Festive500 Day 5 Ride

So my main target is to try to catch up on the mileage as Boxing day was cut short due to the appalling weather.  The hope was that it would be dry and my hands would function for the ride.  A quick check of the temperature; 8°C, perfect, quick look outside foggy.  Why is it that whatever the forecast there is always a potential complication.  So a quick change to the kit and head downstairs.

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#Festive500 Day 1 Ride

Am writing up day #1 from the comfort of the sofa on Christmas Day whilst checking weather and route for tomorrows leg.  Truth be told I learned a fair bit yesterday on the bike; some things good, some things not so good.

One thing I confirmed was that I am definitely not as fit as I was a year ago, something I definitely need to work on this coming year; even with potentially loads of business travel.
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To #Festive500 Or Not?

There are so many reasons why the #Festive500 is a bad idea:

This time last year I was at the peak of fitness, had done my first road race and also my first time trial, and had managed to get a consistent amount of time on the bike, this year has been the complete opposite. My first day back after the Christmas break this year was a taste of the year to come; oil prices had crashed enough for most of our contracts and potential look ahead to disappear over night, a year of growth turned in to a year of cutting back. The one positive outlook for work was a project have been working on in India, and over the year I have spent a large amount of time travelling back and forwards and this has completely hijacked my plans for focussing on time trialling, in fact any time on a bike. In fact I have only managed to get out on the time trial bike four times this year. As a result my fitness is far from where I would like it to be.
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