#5000colo Day 51: Wild is the Wind…

Distance travelled: 34.05 milesCumulative distance: 966.70 milesDistance remaining: 4033.30 milesPercentage complete: 19.33Villages visited: Beeston St Andrew, Wroxham, Hoveton, Horning, Ludham, Potter Heigham, Repps with Bastwick, Clippesby, Billockby, Acle, South Walsham, Panxworth, Little Plumstead, Thorpe End. After yesterday’s ridiculously fast ride, today was always going to be a slower affair. I knew it was going to be windy, so I thought …

#5000colo Day 50: Race Pace

Distance travelled: 28.86 milesCumulative distance: 932.65 milesDistance remaining: 4067.35 milesPercentage complete: 18.65Villages visited: Bridgham, East Harling, Kenninghall, North Lopham, South Lopham, Garboldisham, Shadwell, Rushford, Thetford, Kilverstone, Brettenham. So, 50 days in, and I’m really starting to hit my stride now. Today was my fastest ride yet… and that includes time trials! Yep, I was faster over 29 miles today than …

#5000colo Day 49: Textbook Troshin’!

Distance travelled: 29.58 milesCumulative distance: 903.79 milesDistance remaining: 4096.21 milesPercentage complete: 18.08Villages visited: Felmingham, Banningham, Blickling, Oulton Street, Oulton, Itteringham, Little Barningham, Wolterton, Wickmere, Calthorpe, Erpingham, Colby, Suffield, North Walsham. That was awesome. Thirty miles in the rain, in less than two hours! Again, I’ve been naughty and forgotten to take any pictures on my travels, so you’ll just have …

#5000colo Day 48: Undulations

Distance travelled: 28.97 milesCumulative distance: 874.21 milesDistance remaining: 4125.79 milesPercentage complete: 17.48Villages visited: Thorpe Marriott, Upgate, Swannington, Brandiston, Cawston, Haveringland, Horsford, Horsham St Faith, Spixworth. Firstly, I’m proud to say that I’m now a qualified Mental Health First Aider. I did the penultimate session yesterday, but it was really challenging and I really struggled with my anxiety for the rest …

#5000colo Day 46: Toughing it Out

Distance travelled: 25.26 milesCumulative distance: 845.24 milesDistance remaining: 4154.76 milesPercentage complete: 16.90Villages visited: Trowse, Kirby Bedon, Bramerton, Surlingham, Hellington, Alpington, Yelverton, Framingham Earl, Arminghall. A hastily arranged local jaunt today, to fill in some of the little gaps on the map. I’ve been through most of these villages before, but I’ve added Surlingham, Hellington, Yelverton and Arminghall to the list. …

#5000colo Day 45: Gentle Jaunt

Distance travelled: 19.58 milesCumulative distance: 819.98 milesDistance remaining: 4180.02 milesPercentage complete: 16.40Villages visited: Wreningham, Ashwellthorpe, Tacolneston, Forncett End, Bunwell, Carleton Rode, Spooner Row. I really must remember to actually take some photos on my rides! Another shonky self-portrait today, I’m afraid. This morning started with some really intense anxiety. It’s just horrible; it’s a feeling of non-specific terror and fear, …

#5000colo Day 44: Braving the Borderlands

Distance travelled: 32.00 milesCumulative distance: 800.40 milesDistance remaining: 4199.60 milesPercentage complete: 16.02Villages visited: Hopton, Fritton, St Olaves, Haddiscoe, Burgh St Peter, Wheatacre, Aldeby, Toft Monks, Belton, Burgh Castle, Bradwell, Gorleston-on-Sea. A rather meandering route today, polishing off all the remaining Norfolk villages around Yarmouth (I hope!). We came to see my parents-in-law, who live in Hopton but are moving to …

#5000colo Day 43: Demons

Distance travelled: 22.40 milesCumulative distance: 768.40 milesDistance remaining: 4231.60 milesPercentage complete: 15.37Villages visited: Smallburgh, Dilham, Lyngate, Bengate, Briggate, Honing, Crostwight, East Ruston, Brumstead, Lessingham, Ingham, Sutton, Stalham, Wayford Bridge. Mental health trigger warning: I’m going to talk about some pretty heavy stuff later in this post, so if you’d rather not read on, I quite understand. The short version: great …

#5000colo Day 42: Back on the Bike!

Distance travelled: 14.34 milesCumulative distance: 746.00 milesDistance remaining: 4254.00 milesPercentage complete: 14.92Villages visited: Little Plumstead, Salhouse, Spixworth. It felt so good to be back in the saddle after three days off! After Sunday’s exertions I took Monday as a rest day, and Tuesday was my wife Katie’s birthday, so I decided against trying to nip out for a ride… especially …

#5000colo Day 38: Nifty Fifty

Distance travelled: 50.11 milesCumulative distance: 731.66 milesDistance remaining: 4268.34 milesPercentage complete: 14.63Villages visited: Swanton Morley, Elsing, Lyng, Whitwell, Reepham, Salle, Wood Dalling, Thurning, Hindolveston, Foulsham, Pockthorpe, Bintree, Billingford, North Tuddenham, Mattishall, South Green, Welborne, Brandon Parva, Barnham Broom, Barford, Colton, East Tuddenham.Donations: tiny.cc/5000colo Today was the biggest ride yet of this campaign. I did 66 miles in a day at …