Originally I had planned a whole weekend for recovery from the ride.  Funnily enough I didn’t need the weekend.  For the next few days I felt fine: a little tired, yes, but really ok.  And then suddenly, about five days after the finish, it hit me like a rock.  I was absolutely exhausted and it took me a couple of days off work and the weekend to get back to the merely tired state I had felt just after the trip.

I have no idea why this happened or even whether it is a normal thing.  Perhaps you run on adrenaline for a few days.  Or maybe it just takes your body a little while to realise that it doesn’t have to push itself so hard anymore.  I have heard it take the body two weeks to fully recover from a marathon, so goodness know how long it takes to fully recover from a 900 mile cycle.  Just don’t plan to catch up on missed chores or work when you get back because you might not be up to it.Lands End to John O'Groats Cycle Route Guide Image of Man Lifting Page