The significance of three weeks
I always think that if I’m going to get into a habit, work into a new routine or see a change physically, mentally or emotionally then the usual amount of time to adjust is about three weeks.
We’re exactly three weeks into The Go Trek.
769miles of ElliptiGo‘ing through the UK, Holland and now into Germany.
So what’s happened?…
Physically my body is a little different. I was curious to know where and how my body might change. When you ride an ElliptiGo, perhaps surprisingly, you feel it not only in your legs but also arms, stomach and back – it’s an all over workout. My arms have more definition than they ever have had, my muscles are stronger and my body is leaner, although I’ve stayed the same weight. I wondered if my thighs and bum might chunk up a little bit like they did when I cycled Lands End to John O’Groats but they haven’t – which is nice!
Dave has lost weight and his already impressive calves have even more definition!
I’m definitely in the routine of eating, sleeping, eating, ElliptiGo’ing, presenting/speaking, eating and sleeping some more. I have everything organised in my trailer. Everything has its place. All items are grouped and put in dry bags, which all fit perfectly into my two Aquapac rucksacks that, as if made to measure, fit exactly into my trailer!
Mentally and emotionally my head is in the journey. Different to a lot of other trips I’ve done, this trip has presented quite new challenges. We’ve yet to camp! The journey (so far) has not been about roughing it. The challenge has come from the long physical days, followed by events and presentations that has meant on average we’re getting around 6-7hrs sleep a night.
I’m loving spending time with family, friends, friends of friends and new people who we’ve never met before. We are meeting wonderful people and finding ourselves in remarkable situations. Right now, Dave and I are currently staying at a Winery Boutique Hotel, our ElliptiGo’s are in a shed – the wine fermentation and bottling shed! This wasn’t planned. We met the vino family yesterday, they invited us to stay and we simply said “Yes, thank you”.
I’m also really feeling like I’m getting to know Dave better. Before the start of this trip Dave and I had spent 4-5hrs in each others company. Dave is humble, he’s accomplished amazing things (including being tetras European, adult category, Champion when he was 12yrs old!), he’s good to travel with, considerate and ridiculous. The ridiculous part is important – if you’re not smiling and having a good time, at least sometimes, then what on earth are you doing?!