Over the last few months since I made the decision to do the ride, declared it publically so I wouldn’t chicken out, held an auction fundraiser to cement that even more, and rode my bike more often than I ever have in my whole life, (Wayne says over 2000km since I started on Strava) the thing that has been most humbling is the support I have had from my family and friends.
I’ve been lent a Go Pro for the ride so now all I need to do is figure out how to use it. I’d really like to hook it up to my social media so I can share the videos and pictures along the way during the actual ride. So if anyone knows how to do that I would love to hear from you.
It's the people who are going to look after my children while I am away.
The goal of raising money for children in need. In New Zealand it’s through a partnership with HFF and the Starship Foundation and we get to help sick children and their families, one way is by helping them look after their nutritional needs - one of the last things people are likely to think about when under the stress of caring for a child who is unwell.
It's exciting for me to be part of something that will in someway benefit Kiwi kids and give back to a country that has looked after me. Because when all is said and done, regardless of who is leading the Government, my children and I have been looked after. First and foremost my parents have been amazingly supportive and helpful in more ways than I can verbalise and secondly I'm lucky enough to live in a country where the help is there when needed. It's not always direct financial aid but things like subsidised doctors visits, free education etc. These things all add up. Anyway, my point is this is a great country and one I'm proud to be able to give back to.
Just like in anything if you're willing to learn, create new habits, take action, put in the effort... you'll get results. It could be a bike ride, it could be holding a fundraiser, it could be any area in your life.
That's the biggest lesson learnt. Create new habits that will get me the results I want. Create the habit of biking to and from work every day. Create the habit of increasing distance so I can ride longer. Create the habit of listening to people's advice but also choosing the advice that sits right and works for me. Creating the habit of taking control of my own education, in this case it was learning what I needed to about bikes, riding, nutrition. I still have a huge amount to learn if I want to get really into it but I think what I know at the moment will get me what I want to achieve. Creating the habit of being consistent. Creating the habit of being able to ask for help...and accept it when it's offered. That's a huge thing that I have learnt over the last few years...that accepting help isn't a sign of weakness.
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