I'm at the airport right now, heading to Japan to start my training for the Transcontinental Race. It'll be a three week trip, and I'll probably spend most of the time in Tokyo, but otherwise it'll be Kyoto, Osaka and Kinosaki (a mountain village which should help with altitude training). I'll be cycling to get around the cities and of course doing rides as training, but I'll be taking the train the rest of the time. As you can see, I've got some pretty precious luggage with me (putting a lot of trust in the airline...), but I can't wait to get out there on my bike. It looks like I'll be in for some sun quite soon in Tokyo as well, which will hopefully be a bit less miserable than the UK right now.