I did it! I finished! My time was 3 hours, 15 minutes and 28 seconds. I was the last one in and for the last 5k had an escort consisting of a motorcycle medic riding in front of me, and the St John's Ambulance following me (guess I didn't quite look like a pro on the bike! [grin]). For the last 1k, a cadet that was working the event jogged along beside me and kept me going.
I might have been last - but I FINISHED!
Believe it or not, I am taking part in a cycling event - a 40k (that's about 24 miles) cycling event. Yes, me.
I've not been on a bike in 40 years - I need to learn to ride all over again, but I'm really looking forward to this.
I've been out on a bike once - last week. I felt pretty good - by the end of the 90 minutes I could pedal without Dan holding on to the seat (though I still need help getting on and off the bike). [grin]
Okay - I've been on the bike a lot more than just once by now. [grin] The event is only days away - it's this Sunday, 2nd October. My pedalling adventure starts at 9.40am. I've gone from saying "I think I can" to "I WILL!"
I've ordered the gel cover for my bike seat (and padded cycling shorts for MY seat!) and I'm ready to start!
I'm doing this event for St Luk'es (Cheshire) Hospice - I work in the office here and and I see first hand, every day, how much the patients matter to the staff here. You can find out more about St Luke's at http://www.stlukes-hospice.co.uk. It costs £6,200 a day to keep the doors open and the patients cared for. Less than a quarter of that comes from the NHS - the rest must be raised through events and through the generosity of people like you.
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I've ridden more now! You can follow the progress of my training on my blog - it can be found at http://carolspage.wordpress.com.