I've always liked a challenge and Giro Guinness fits the bill perfectly.In July a goup of 36 cyclists will set off from Manchester on our trusty pushbikes on a 450 mile, 5 day cycle to Dublin. Believe it or not this is my idea of fun and raising money for an amazing charity is a fantastic bonus.
I'm doing this ride for my Mum. We lost her to complications of T-cell Lymphoma in June 2014, she never knew she had it. My Mum was strong, fit and healthy and showed no symptoms until 3 weeks before she passed away and this is why I have chosen a research charity. Research into both diagnosis and treatment of blood cancers is the only way we can really beat them for good. This blog is to remain positive, I'm doing this challenge as a tribute to a wonderful woman who I was lucky to call my Mum. This is about what little bit I can do to help in the ongoing battle with these diseases; it's not about loss.
My Mum always told me and my 2 sisters we could do anything we wanted so when a challenge is proposed I will gladly accept. This is the perfect challenge for me. I'm originally from Northern Ireland but live in Manchester and often talked about flying to Dublin and meeting my Mum off the train from the North for a girl's weekend. We never quite got round to it so I think its only right that I put in an extra effort to get there this year! You hear it time and again, 'Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.' Well if last year taught me anything it taught me the reality of the saying. We never saw it coming.
When I got the opportunity to do something I love and raise money for a wonderful cause I jumped at the chance. My Mum could never quite understand why I enjoy cycling, she'd always been terrified of bikes but she never tried to dissuade me. She had one when we were kids but I cannot remember seeing her on it just us girls trying to ride a bike that was far too big for us around the caravan park on summer holidays when we got bored with our own! She thought I was nuts riding a bike in this country never mind anywhere else but I guess mothers never stop worrying, even when the kids grow up!
I'm just back from a fabulous 2 week cycling holiday in Vietnam. To me it's the perfect getaway, cycling in the sun and seeing other cultures as I go; an ideal way to start any training programme. This morning's 60 miles in cold Cheshire with a cruel cross wind was a challenge in itself. At one point I thought my brakes must have been rubbing! I'd rather have been doing the Hai Van pass again any day. I can't believe that old Top Gear team needed engines to get over it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1zfuBgCUqY and still didn't manage it in one go!
As the training goes on I'll keep you posted. I've got one of those science brains so please excuse my complete lack of writing ability. A blog may be the hardest part of the whole challenge!