11. Phoenix Rising

Things were coming undone for me in lots of different ways at once and I had trouble dealing with all of it at the same time. I went to see the GP and it was all I could do not to break down in front of her. She only looked about 17.

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10. Tears for Wojtek

I was on my bike, in the sunshine, in the fens, where I had promised us both we would one day ride together. There is a moral to that story for all of you; make sure you water the plant while its alive.

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7. Beyond 200

With 70km to go, the only good points on offer from the rain were a) it was good training for foul weather in the TCR, and, b) I got to try out that hideously expensive waterproof jacket I bought recently.

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5. Elevation

There was much faffing to be done with the Garmin, since I hadn’t put the maps on it before leaving. Who knows why; I mean, why didn’t I do it? The cottage had no WiFi, and only a tiny bit of 3G if you stood in the right spot, with the moon in the right place, etc.

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