With a little over 11 weeks to go until departure date Tessa and I are desperately trying to ramp up our training regime. In the face of a busy weekend last weekend we stirred ourselves and hit the road at 6:30am on Saturday and Sunday morning for a brisk 20 mile dash. Saturday was good, we averaged 16.6mph which is really fast for us. Sunday dawned and we busied ourselves with preparations and the ride itself, neither of us daring to voice to the other how we felt having worked so hard the previous day.
It was cool but not cold with hardly a breath of wind and the roads were quiet. We’ve cycled the route a few times recently and are beginning to recognise and anticipate the corners, the climbs, the downhill sections where we can really let it fly. So we pushed hard – and to our amazement posted a new best speed of 17.0mph. So how did we do it? - it turns out that Tessa felt guilty about “not having the legs” so dug deep all the way round! Well, what a result. I am not sure about the ethics of guilt as a motivation – but it certainly helped us to go fast.
More importantly even than our training is the work to raise money, and this, for us is even more uncomfortable than hard hours in the saddle. But having worked for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research for just over 2 years I know the impact that the work we do and the research we fund is having for patients. The prospect of beating blood cancer is real, it is far more than an aspirational statement – and with more funding we can get there faster. So we’ve set up our fundraising page and put aside the classic British reserve. There is no beating about the bush – we are asking for money from friends, family, work contacts and even strangers. It is not very comfortable – but it will be worth it, even more so than the training.
We’ll keep you up to date with progress, and if you want to kick-start our fundraising you can donate here: https://leukaemialymphomaresearch.org.uk/people/jonathan-cox/jonathan-tessa-cox-london-paris