As for our travel plans, we discussed my race plans for a long time until I made the very painful but rational decision of skipping it. I will try to sell my race entry if I can, but it was not so expensive luckily. I have to realise that my ankle is not in perfect shape yet, and still hurts after running just a 10k two times a week. So doing a half Ironman in less than two months would probably lead to some injury, and I’m not willing to sacrifice the tour for a race. I can always do another one when my running is more up to pace 🙂
On the good news side, this means we can take it easy and gently train our bodies for everday cycling. Suddenly the first one and half month of our trip was not constrained by a time schedule. As we both wanted to discover Italy, we planned another one to two weeks of cycling in northern Italy around the lakes, Venice, and the Alps, before we turn around and head to Croatia. We are really looking forward to Italy, it will be beautiful in late April – early May 🙂
Finally, with some delays (it wouldn’t be us without) we rolled out on the road the first of April. My mom made a delicious carrot cake as a farewell present, from which we ate a bit too much. We said our goodbyes to my parents and a friend who showed up, and started on the adventure of our lives.