Well... after waaaaay too much procrastinating... training has (finally) resumed. With just over 15 weeks to go, it might not be to late.
Finally built the new commuting bike so I'm out of excuses now.
Salsa Fargo 29er. set up for the commute with 29" x 2.0" tyres and a Shimano Alfine 8-speed internal gear hub. Except for the backward shifting employed for the hub (thumbshifter to drop into a harder gear - index finger to move into an easier gear...) I'm loving the hub.
Hey... I'm loving the bike.
Hoping for a decent off-road ride this weekend to stretch the legs out and give me a dose of reality.