Having cycled from Lands End in 9 days, almost 1000 miles and an elevation twice the height of Everest, I feel (I think) a bit like Superwoman.
Apparently 9 days is the elite cyclist / athlete level challenge; however, if I’d really understood the implications of that I’m not sure I’d have taken it on.
I can’t say I’d ever want to put myself through it again, but I’m living proof that if you put your mind to it you can do anything.
9 months ago I didn’t own a bike and had never cycled anywhere. Yet, I trained as hard as I could and went for it.
There were some very dark moments, especially cycling through 2 days of yellow weather warning in the north of Scotland in horrendous rain, sleet and wind with cars whizzing past dangerously close, as well as a major panic when my bike had a major technical issue 2 days before the end, which resulted in me finishing on a 20 year old bike held together with gaffa tape that a lovely man lent me.
Yet, some amazing moments too, seeing the country from a completely different perspective and a lot of time to ponder many things (12 + days in the saddle is a lot of thinking time!).
As usual though it’s all about the people.
I had dozens of messages of support and encouragement every single day, hard to describe the boost they gave me, and of course the amazing sponsorship… it’s still coming in and as a team we’ve raised over £21k now which will do so much to help Kicking Off continue their amazing work.
You can still sponsor us - a joint JustGiving page for myself and my fellow Trustess, will remain open for a while yet.
So that’s it, job done... anyone want a bike ???