In March the company I work for, Cedar Bay ran a charity initiative to walk 10,000 steps a day every day for a month as part of a year of fund raising activities. I could not commit to that (and fair play to those that not only managed it but smashed it) but was inspired and as a result my family (myself, wife and two children aged 7 and 13) have set ourselves a challenge to ride 500 miles in April on our exercise bike.
To paraphrase the Proclaimers "We will ride 500 miles".
1) I must do the intervals programme on the bike for at least 30 mins on the hardest level I can manage every day (because this was my stupid idea)
2) everyone else should ride every day (or make up for it the next day),
3) it must be in addition to whatever other exercise we would have done that day (too easy to substitute a jog for a ride otherwise) - the day of and the day after "leg day" were horrible this weekend!
We have plotted a route and just over 500 miles takes us from our home to a town in France that will be familiar to most English school children: La Rochelle. We're 5 days into the challenge as I write this and are just approaching Portsmouth to get on the ferry but will ride the 100+ mile crossing to France before continuing our journey. It's already tough going but it's great to see the kids motivated and they're going great guns. I'm hoping that by the end of the month we'll have continued past the target and made it as far as Bordeaux on our travels.
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