As the clock ticks down ever closer to the freshnlo Pedal For Scotland on September 8, the excitement - and a few nerves - is steadily building.
I'm looking forward to taking part in the event for the third successive year, embarking on the 47-mile challenge ride from Glasgow to Edinburgh. The Herald and Sunday Herald cycling team will also be out on the 110-mile sportive and nine-mile Edinburgh family ride. Here are my top tips for that final preparation.
Keep your legs fresh. You've done your training and tempting as it is to nip out for a final ride before the big day, don't. Six-time Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy once gave me this key cycling advice: "Don't stand if you can sit, don't sit if you can lie down". Pay heed.
Eat well. Think food as fuel. Hopefully in recent days you'll already have done a spot of carb-loading. A hearty portion of pasta or rice for dinner the night before is ideal to ensure sure there is enough glycogen - a key source of energy - stored in your muscles. Add some green vegetables and a portion of chicken or fish.
Hydrate. Consume enough water so that your urine is pale straw coloured - but don't overdo it. The last thing you want is to be waking up every few hours the night before.
Prepare. Whatever route you are doing it's an early start and other than breakfast, getting dressed and last minute details such as filling water bottles, you don't want to be rushing around on the morning of the event. Make sure you have all the essentials laid out and ready to go. Set yourself a deadline of teatime the day before to get that done.
Make a check list: spare inner tubes, pump, tyre levers, multi-tool kit, rain jacket, water bottles, helmet, sunglasses, snacks - anything you might need.
Pin your race number on the night before. Last year, one of The Herald and Sunday Herald Cycling team arrived at Glasgow Green without said number leading to a fraught, last-minute dash a four-mile round trip home to get it.
Eat a decent breakfast. Yes, it can be difficult with those butterflies fluttering in the stomach, but your legs will thank you for it.
Did I mention prepare? Commonwealth Games silver medallist cyclist Charline Joiner abides by the sage motto: "Fail to prepare. Prepare to fail". Wise words.
For more information on freshnlo Pedal For Scotland 2013, visit www.pedalforscotland.org
We moderate all comments on HeraldScotland on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis. If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules, which are available here.
Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.