Mick started his sixth day feeling very positive, the finishing line was closing in and he decided to make the most of the scenery and beautiful views in Scotland, taking his mind off the ride.
Surprisingly, Mick was feeling stronger and felt that he was riding himself fitter. He noticed that as he was pushing harder on the pedals that his heart rate was staying in his endurance zone. He has averaged 15 mph throughout the ride and is very pleased that his fitness has held up. When he rode the Coast-to-Coast he was averaging 15.5 mph, so he is pleased with the pace that he has kept.
Today was a day of bumpy roads which hasn’t helped the saddle damage that six days of cycling long distances has inflicted. This is causing him the most pain at the moment and there is nothing that seems to help it, but it certainly isn’t going to stop Mick and the determination to push past the finishing line is driving him on.
Mick’s partner, Jules, who is following him up to John O’Groats, stopped ahead of him on the A9 road today to wait for him with pizzas and cheese & ham sarnies – a well needed pit stop and refuelling.
One point in the day stood out for Mick which gave him a good laugh, he passed by a old man who was camping who was the spitting image of Grizzly Adams!
Mick was again keen to stress how much all of the support he has received has been in helping him through his challenge and he is truly overwhelmed by it all.
The weather was favourable for him today and he reached his penultimate checkpoint in Tain after 122 miles at around 6pm. He can certainly see the winning post in the distance but he isn’t popping the champagne cork just yet. A tough final day lies ahead of him and he just hopes that everything continues to hold up for him – bike and body.
Watch Mick’s video to find out more about the charities that he is doing the challenge for.
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