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My motivation for doing the Cycle 300 challenge is two-fold: to raise some money for a charity and cause that is so close to the hearts of so many. But also to step outside of my comfort zone and push myself harder than I have for a long time.
Since the Pandemic hit the UK and we all went into lockdown I found myself with 2 hours a day of spare time, simply from not having to drive to work. I promised myself that for as long as we are in lockdown I would dedicate some of that time to myself - reconnecting with old friends, investing more time in my hobbies and using my daily exercise outing to get on the bike, an activity I love but rarely made time for.
Historically I have always admired those who have the drive to go out and do races, runs, triathlons and other sporting events to raise money for charity. I've always talked myself out of doing the same, using my excess weight as an excuse and reason to tell myself not to do it, I'd never finish and only embarrass myself. However during lockdown I've grown to love going out on my bike, regularly clocking up routes of up to 15 miles. Posting these rides on social media has buoyed me further, seeing so many people patting me on the back and encouraging me to keep going.
So I'm going to keep going. I'm going to push myself to double my typical monthly cycle mileage, and hit that 300 mile marker by 30th September. Now you've read this far, I know you will find the time to click that button and sponsor me!
Let's also take a moment to remember that the Lockdown has also stopped charities like Cancer Research from carrying out their essential research. So many labs have had to either close or switch to processing Covid-19 test samples. And with people furloughed, and people not being able to congregate for fun runs, half and full marathons and other social events, many of the usual ways charities raise money just hasn't been possible.
But cancer hasn't stopped. 1 in 2 people are still being diagnosed every single day with some form of cancer. Too many people are suffering through intense treatments, or watching their loved ones go through chemo or radio therapy. Worse still, too many people are losing their lives because of cancer. So let's all do something to help.