It's nearly time for #3PTsToParis

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Small portion of the food I plan to pack
I cannot believe we are leaving for Paris (on our bikes) on Friday.  When Elle, Sophie, and I planned this trip eight weeks ago, we had all these ideas for blog posts and link sharing.... and then training took over.  These ladies have made extra effort to get high mileage in every week.  I have joined in on as many long rides as I could,  but have been sharing my time with weekend working, races, and marathon training.  I can't believe there are only a few days left before we get on our bikes and go.

Our Whatsapp chats have ranged from what to pack to what of we gets our periods to what food we are going to eat along the way.  The hotels, trains, and ferries are booked. On Sunday, I started putting together the items I will need on this adventure.  I was hoping to bring only 1 pannier bag but after piling up just the clothes, I have a feeling I will need two.  Yesterday, I put aside from of the food.  There isn't nearly enough so I will bake flapjacks tonight.  I need to think more about what other portable food to bring so I don't hit a wall three times like I did to Brighton a few weeks ago.  We are leaving the Velodrome at 6:30am on Friday but will have at least two hours of London rush hour traffic to navigate through before we are headed to New Haven at a smoother pace.  Sure, there will be stops along the way, but I prefer to limit the number of stops we need to make.

Here is what I know I am bringing so far:

Pile of clothes. How is there so much?
  • Altura short sleeve cycling jersey, courtesy of ZyroFisher*
  • Decathlon sleepless cycling jersey
  • Altura bib shorts*
  • #Fitbitfifty shorts
  • 2 sports bras, courtesy of Shock Absorber*
  • 1 regular bra
  • 4 pairs of underwear
  • 4 pairs of socks, one pair thanks to 1000 Mile Socks*
  • Shorts and t shirt to sleep in
  • Toiletries
  • 2 spare inner tubes, thanks to Decathlon
  • 4 tubes of Nuun
  • Ride Skincare sunscreen
  • Clif bars
  • Nutri Advanced MegaMag Muscleze
  • 2 water bottles
  • Outfit for the last day in Paris (jeans, shorts or harem pants?)
  • Oofos recovery sandals?
  • Puncture repair kit
  • D lock and cable
  • Sunglasses from Decathlon*
  • Cycling gloves*
  • Leatherman knife
  • Spork
  • Gels
  • Sports tape and scissors
  • Cycling cap
  • Plastic bags for wet clothes
  • Bath salt? (we don't have a bath at home so this might be a nice treat for my tired legs.  But it is heavy)
  • Bike lights
  • Chargers for phone, ipad, Fitbit, and bike lights plus converter
  • iPad?
  • Euros
  • #Fitbitfifty gilet*
  • #Fitbitfifty arm warmers
  • #Fitbitfifty jacket
  • Hi vis vest (required by French law)
  • First aid kit (required by French law)

*wearing at the start

Shock Absorber bras

Having just finished the book Wild by Cheryl Strayed, I really want to pack everything before Friday morning and see 1. if it all fits and 2. how heavy it is.  The training I did never involved too much extra weight, making me a bit nervous about carrying two pannier bags for the trip.   I am going to keep chipping away at packing and re-packing every night this week to ensure everything is essential.  There are a few things I need to wash so they are dry before Friday too.  The five of us are trying to think of what we can share in terms of packing- like pumps and multi tools.  Those are neither bulky nor heavy so it isn't too much help. Luckily, I can share carrying the heavy locks with James along the way.

Thanks Decathlon for the cycling essentials

What do you think of my list? Am I forgetting anything?  If you have any tips on cycling to Paris, please leave a comment below.  I am starting to get nervous about this.  What were we thinking?

I would like to thanks Zyco Fisher, Nuun, 1000 Mile Socks, Shock Absorbers, Ride Skincare,
Nutri Advanced, and Decathlon for their generous support of this epic trip. I have tried all of these products on training rides and am confident they will help me get to the Eiffel Tower.  Brita provided me with a Fill & Go bottle for the trip but I need a bottle with a larger volume.  I use it at work every day, however, and love how convenient it is.  It also doesn't leak! 

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