Andy J
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Let the hunger games begin!

Andy J
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06 Jul 2014

Tomorrow I'm going to begin what I hope will be a week of fasting in my bid to tick off another of my fundraising challenges.

For those of you that aren't aware of how Ramadan works, I cannot eat anything during sunlight hours. Technically, I'm not allowed to drink anything either - not even water - but I'm going to forego that one on the grounds that it's probably not good to be pushing my body too hard given my current condition.

The challenge was suggested to me by my good friend Rumman who is a devout Muslim and does this every year for Ramadan. Having seen Rumman struggle manfully to do it last year I know that it's not going to be easy, especially with the heat. However, I'm determined to give it a go and have the utmost respect for all those that do it for the duration of Ramadan. Extraordinary will power.

Pedal power

Last week I finally took the plunge and bought myself a set of wheels to get training ahead of the London Bikeathon or rather my Dad very kindly bought one on my behalf whilst I was on a mate's stag do in Tel Aviv.

I took it out for a spin at Center Parcs last weekend and absolutely loved it once I'd had the cages removed. I just couldn't get to grips with them at all and hated the feeling of my feet being enclosed. I know it'll slow me down and I dare say that I would have got used to them but having not done a lot of cycling before and the Bikeathon isn't about doing a good time for me, it's about getting round.

The only issue was the hills on the way back up from Longleat House which I found a little bit too difficult with my lungs. Twenty odd miles under the belt though which I'm happy with. The Bikeathon course is also going to be very flat so it shouldn't be an issue on the day. Really not long to go now all things considered and I can't wait to get back out on the bike for another training ride.

Run to the Beat

I've also stepped up my efforts for Run to the Beat, pounding the pavements three times last week including a really great lunch time run with my Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research team mates.

I've always been a bit of a lone wolf when it comes to running but there was something really nice about running as part of a group - a togetherness and unity which spurred me on when the lungs began to beg me to stop.

Up for the challenge

I'm coming to terms with the fact that I won't ever be able to run the way I used to but I haven't given up hope of one day being able to run a marathon again. Leukaemia and this transplant related lung condition have taken away so much of me and could yet take away an awful lot more but they will never take away my soul or my desire to beat blood cancer.

In fact, I am more determined than ever to complete as many of these challenges as I can even though time really is not on my side and that's down to the amazing support of my friends and family who have inundated me with messages of support and offers of help with some of the challenges.

My good friend Ben Zacharias, one of the least keen runners I know, has signed up to do Run to the Beat with me and roped some mates in to do the same. I've also got a posse together to ride with me at the London Bikeathon, including my Dad, while a couple of good friends of mine are already planning my trip up to walk part of Hadrian's Wall.

The donations have been flooding in too and I know that with your help I'll smash the £30,000 fundraising target.

I'm so blessed to have such great friends and family and that's why I know that whatever I have to face with these challenges and beyond in the coming weeks and months, I won't have to face it alone.

Keep spreading the word - together we will beat blood cancer! 

Make a donation and find out more about my 30 before 30 challenge

 

 

 

Comments

Anonymous
07.07.2014

Andy you are a legend! Good luck with the fast my friend, I think you should forgo the weekly LLR RTTB team run and conserve your energy.

Anonymous
07.07.2014

good luck mate, sorry for eating my breakfast in front of you this morning...

07.07.2014

Yeah running this week might be pushing it a bit too far - don't fancy a trip to A&E for exhaustion! Will be there in spirit though!

07.07.2014

No problem, Rich. All part of the challenge!

Abbi D
10.07.2014

Andy, this is amazing! I had no idea you were doing the fasting thing - well done! :)

10.07.2014

Andy you are so strong and truly inspirational!!

Good luck with all your challenges!

10.07.2014

Well done, Andy. In one bike trip you've covered more miles than I have so far! Good to hear there'll be a posse of you on the Bikeathon, I might wave as you overtake me!

14.07.2014

Thanks Abbi!

I've managed to battle it through and have NEVER been more excited for breakfast than I was this morning! Another challenge complete and off the list!

14.07.2014

Thanks Marta!

So glad I've done it. Another challenge off the list - only another 21 to go!!

14.07.2014

Haha, you might be overtaking me at this rate - I haven't trained since! LOVE your pillow to the bike idea - I was pretty saddle sore after that ride the other week :(