Here’s my latest wacky charity challenge – a solo/unsupported cycle time trial. This is not an official event… Just me in my usual style, jumping on the bike, and cycling as far south as possible from home in one 24-hour period.
I’ll leave home in Kelsall, Cheshire, at 18:30 and finish tomorrow at 18:30. All stops included in the time. All gear carried on the bike and food collected en-route with minimal stops. By setting off in the night I give myself the sunrise to look forward to (and more alertness when the roads are dark and deserted) but it will be a lonely and long few hours trying not to nod off on the saddle. My previous best is 160 miles. I want to double this.
“Why on earth?!” … Well, my Cho Oyu expedition (6th highest peak in the world) is just four weeks away. I haven’t done anything hard for a while. For some reassurance and a boost of confidence, I need to get myself back into the challenge mindset, test my endurance and remind myself that I can still scrape the barrel when the going gets tough. Once I’m back in the Himalayas I’m going to depend on it more than ever. Like with fitness I think the mind has to be trained too – read more about my training on my latest blog here…
I can proudly announce that over the next 9 months I will be fundraising for Young Minds, a mental health charity, so these spontaneous challenges are part of this journey to make a much-needed difference to the lives of young people.
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The priority is to make sure I don’t push the boat out and compromise myself before the expedition. But how far will I get? OK – time to get spinning. So I’ll leave you with a quote…
“If an idea is not at first absurd, then there is no hope for it” – Albert Einstein