So, I haven’t updated my blog for awhile, and thought it was high time I let you all what’s been going on. And to be honest, quite a lot has changed.
I would now refer to myself as a ‘proper’ cyclist. Let me tell you why, and then you can be the judge.
I cycle to work. And home again. In London traffic, in the rain, wind and dark. I do this 4 times a week, 15 miles a day, 60 miles a week. I attended a 6 hour bicycle maintenance course and now understand all the jargon – I won’t bore you by going into details just now though….. I’ve learnt how to look after my bike – I even managed to pull it apart in order to clean it properly – and gave it a bath. In the bath. My flatmate was overjoyed…. I have a cycling buddy I meet up with on the weekend – every weekend, which means no drinking. Today we cycled to St Albans and back – 60 miles in 4 and a half hours. I feel great.
2 weeks ago I attended Macmillan’s pre-Mexico meeting, which resulted in me realising 3 things: 1) in 8 weeks I’ll be in Mexico, which is terribly exciting and dreadfully terrifying in equal measures, 2) the need to increase my training (especially in preparation for the infamous ‘Day 3’ – 2250km climbed over 57km – ouch!) and 3) I still have £2000 pounds to raise and need sponsorship.
In 10 and a half weeks, I will have crossed Mexico on a bicycle. I will have climbed the height of Everest and completed Macmillan’s toughest challenge. I will feel like I have achieved the impossible, teamed with the satisfaction of knowing every kilometre I rode (all 680 of them) has helped give a cancer sufferer a better quality of life.
If you’d like to show your support, please go to www.justgiving.com/miriam-smith and remember, every single penny helps.
by: Friday, 28 January 2011