Seeing my nephew waving from the quayside I remembered why I’m doing all these challenges. It’s to make him proud, to show him that bad things can happen but a positive outlook can make the difference.
The big difference between all previous rides and training? Groups of people – whether it’s friends on a cycling holiday or strangers on an event – make a huge difference. So never underestimate how important you are, both in your own life and in the lives of others.
Day 2 dawned too early and I wasn’t looking forward to the day ahead. But the quiet voice in my head reminded me that “you didn’t come this far to only come this far”. Call it determination, stubbornness or not wanting to let anyone down, but I made each reason to not ride either bearable or no longer an excuse.
March’s Challenge didn’t quite reach the dizzying heights I was hoping. The goal was to climb 29,029 feet while on a cycling holiday in Mallorca. No, I didn’t manage the height of Everest but I did remember why I love to cycle uphill, and I’d say that’s worth smiling about!
I wrote this while watching apparently fearless cyclists whizz by to descend Sa Colabra. I wrote this sat from the nearby café, sipping a coffee, admiring the view. Having said “nada Sa Colabra, too scared for that!”
I was recently asked what I say to myself to get through a tough challenge. In general, I try to rationalise, put it all into context and then decide what do I need to do to achieve whatever it is (be it a training session, a specific skill or even work).
What goes up must come down. A fact that I’d conveniently forgotten while setting myself March’s mountain climbing challenge.
12 Challenges in 12 Months – why? The same reasons I rode RAB, for the same people I rode across the country for – to inspire my family to see “you didn’t come this far to only come this far”.