Day 1: Lands End to Penzance

01-signpostYesterday was the first day of my 100 Day Virtual Challenge. My aim was to ‘virtually’ walk, jog and cycle 11 miles from Lands End  to Penzance to complete the first stage.

I started off with two 3.1 mile run/walks on the treadmill, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, to ease myself in. This meant that I still had just under 5 miles to go to complete the first stage, but my legs were aching a bit by then, so I decided to use the exercise bike for the final part.

The results were as follows:

  • 3.1 mile run/walk – 34:19
  • 3.1 mile run/walk – 33:57
  • 4.8 mile bike – 30:00

I really liked using the exercise bike as it kept the pressure off the old achilles injury that has started niggling again, so I’m feeling pretty confident about completing this challenge… well, it is only Day 1 I suppose, so time will tell.

The other part of the challenge is to find out a little bit about some of the places on the route, so here goes…

Top 5 Facts About Lands End

  1. The Cornish name for Lands End is Pen an Wlas, which means End of the Earth
  2. The Lost City of Atlantis is thought by some to lie 100 miles off the coast of Lands End
  3. Lands End has been a popular tourist attraction for over 200 years
  4. The record for completing the route from Lands End to John O’Groats on foot is held by Andi Rivet, who completed it in 9 days and 2 hours
  5. The first female runner to complete the route unassisted was Marie-Claire Oziem who used a pram to carry her gear with her

Anyway, that was yesterday and today I’m in virtual Penzance, which I’ll tell you about tomorrow. As it is though, I have another 1100 miles to go and only 99 days left to do it in, so I’d better get on my bike… or treadmill. Next stop is Pengoon Farm.

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