Tomorrow I'll be taking my place alongside thousands of other riders on the start line in Coram's Fields for the start of this year's London Bikeathon in my latest 30 before 30 challenge! I've never done anything like this before and with my lungs not what they used to be, cycling 52 miles will be a real challenge especially given the fact that I haven't done anywhere near enough training for a multitude of reasons none of which can be used as excuses!
Luckily, I'll have my Dad riding alongside me to spur me on and I'll also be driven by the knowledge that I am doing my bit to help beat blood cancer by raising money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research who have helped save the lives of thousands of blood cancer patients, myself included.
The Bikeathon is also an opportunity for me to prove to myself and others that having a reduced lung capacity cannot and will not stop me from getting on with my life. I've struggled at times with the uncertainty of not knowing whether my pulmonary fibrosis will deteriorate further and accepting the fact that I will never be able to run marathons or chase a football around like I used to. The Bikeathon will help me re-take control and show my lungs who's boss!
If anything, my own post-treatment complications have made me more determined than ever to help find a cure. I don't want anyone else to go through what I'm going through and will not stop in my fundraising efforts until we find a cure for blood cancer.
Of course, the Bikeathon and the rest of my 30 before 30 challenges are ultimately pointless without your support. A huge thank you to everyone who's made a donation so far - especially those of you who have recently done the Ice Bucket Challenge for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research - you know who you are! Here's the link for you to have a good laugh at my effort:
I still have a long way to go with my 30 before challenge but am determined to get there even if it means extending the challenge into my 30th year!
You can help me get there in three easy ways: