As I said when I first started this blog, I did no training before this ride. I do ride quite a bit all year-long, however most of the time I do not spend more than 30 minutes at a time on the bike. Todd rides far more than I do, as he uses his bike for work, which means that he rides 35-40 hours most weeks.
As evidenced by the fact that I brought one pair of jeans, yet 6 pairs of gloves, I was nervous about keeping my hands in good condition. I always have calluses on my hands all the time from holding on to handlebars, which has helped me from getting blisters. I thought that if I spent a long period of time riding with wet hands while riding the Great Divide Trail that I would start ripping skin off my hands. 10 days into the ride, we have seen less than 1 hour of rain, so the gloves and hands have not been an issue at all.
After 10 days on the trail, I’ll say that my butt is getting a little bit sore. I have a stock seat, and no seat pad. My butt gets sore riding 20 minutes to work, so I’m surprised that it has taken this long for it to really get sore. It helps that you are constantly shifting your riding position for hills up or down, and for sharp curves.
Todd has stock foot pegs on his BMW f650 GS, which are very narrow. When he spend a good deal of time standing up on the bike (up steep hills, or through large rocky areas) he gets some pain in his feet. Nothing too serious, though.
Overall, we have both been getting a little bit fatigued. We spent the last 2 nights in a hotel, and this has done wonders for us. We got some good rest in a comfortable bed, and that should allow us to finish the rest of the trip easily.
Overall, I’m surprised at how well our bodies have worked. I’m 38, and Todd is 46, and other than riding all the time, neither of us trained for the ride.