Unlike previous challenges and adventures that I have been, I have not actually undergone a strict and regular training regime. It even suprises me still. But with the possibility of having to pull three passengers (210kg) plus the weight of a rickshaw and luggage, it seems like a very good idea to begin some serious consistent training atleast a year in advance.
Last week I was given permission to use my turbo trainer in the Warwick Sports Center. So finally last Monday, I could begin the serious cycle training to build up some serious strength for this world trip.
Normally I do prefer a good cycle in the fresh air of the countryside, but this isn’t possible under the constraints of time. For training to be worthwhile, I find I need a strenuous session within the time space of 1-2 hours. However, pushing yourself to the point where you would collapse and gasping for air is certainly not possible on car filled roads.
Last week I had three sessions throughout the week, the first lasted two hours and the other two were over a hour. This week for now I’ve only had two sessions but were well over two hours long and each day after has been a struggle to move my legs.
I seriously hope to keep this up. World Rickshaw Taxi is worth fighting for and pushing myself to points of collapsing. Despite fatigue, I’ve come out of these training sessions feeling stronger and better for the long difficult journey that lies before me.
It’s taken many weeks of thought and scraping ideas together along with some research, but I finally came to my senses that such a dream I’ve had for the past two years is possible. I have always envisaged travelling the world after leaving the University, but didn’t feel satisfied that flying or even just cycling around was really enough. I’m always looking for something new and different and perhaps this is it.
Why o why this way?
What I realised was the best part of my previous adventures was the people I encoutnered along the way. This was especially prominent when I tackled the Great Bathtub Adventure last summer, where I must have met hundreds of friendly curious people along the way. It made my journey and it became apparent I needed to think differently. Travelling in a rickshaw seems like the perfect idea despite its inpracticalities but atleast this time around I can actually sleep on the backseats!
So where am I now?
I’ve spent the past three weeks putting a website and other materials together in my spare time amongst other University work and training. Mornings usually start no later than 8:30AM and finish at 1AM – considerably not a bad effort for a student. This is the only start and it will take further refinement to get it to the level where I’m fully satisfied.
There is still tons more work to do till I am satsified with the website but I am happy where I’ve got so far. Quite soon I will have the very hard task of finding sponsors to make this project happen. That’s when things will get tough and when days blur together.