I have to admit - I started my journey for the Birmingham Bikeathon 2015 by simply wanting to challenge myself with a long bike ride after I have rather enjoyed cycling to work and back every day for the past few weeks in this lovely weather we have been experiencing.
The past few days though, I have begun to look more into what exactly it is that this charity - Leukaemia & Lymphoma research - is all about, and I'm keener than ever to complete the 52-mile challenge and raise as much money as I can.
1 in 10 cancers are blood cancers, Leukaemia & Lymphoma being the main ones, though there are many others and lots of sub-categories. Founded back in 1960 most people who were diagnosed with blood cancer died, these days the survival rates are much higher - 'nine out of ten children survive the most common form of childhood leukaemia, and for adults the survival rate is as high as 70-80% for some forms of blood cancer'.
I've only done one charity event before - a sponsored abseil down the TriGate building for Birmingham Focus on blindness where I raised around £150. That was a different kind of event - I remember being very nervous, before and during the abseil, though the exhilaration afterwards was fantastic. This will be a totally different experience, I am attempting the 52-mile ride (26 didn't seem challenging enough and the 100 seemed a little out of my ability, this year at least!) so I'll need to make sure I do some training in the coming weeks, and watch what I eat. If all goes well this year, I may very well be back next year attempting the 100 mile!