A couple of weeks ago I had a moment of crazy. I must have been feeling invincible or something, my personal development got the better of me, I can do anything if I really want to do it. I just have to ask myself "how can I make it happen?"
The "anything" I thought I could do is a bike ride from Melbourne to Adelaide in 6 days. It's August, the bike ride is in January and it's about 840km. It's an event designed to, in the first instance, raise awareness of HFF and the work they do worldwide. It's all about the kids.
In fact it has just been released that HFF has partnered with an organisation in New Zealand finally so that was pretty exciting, it's been in the pipeline a wee while and finally it's happened. HFF giving back in New Zealand as well!!
(This is such a cool picture, I don't know whose it is - I found it on Facebook - but I totally love it and full credit to them whoever they may be. Super inspiring!!)
So 840km over 6 days. Piece of cake right? With a bit of training I can do that..right? So I filled in my expression of interest and emailed it off.
The next day I started packing myself. What the hell was I thinking??? The most I've done in one go was 40+km. I can do that in a modest 2 hours...but still. That's a little bit different than 160km in one go.
I would like to thank my brother Andrew for that little chat we had in 2011 in Canada where he told me I had to "stop playing the victim". That was a life defining moment. I still have the penny I found on that walk which I still need to put on a piece of leather so I can wear it as a reminder.
I would like to thank the Landmark Forum for that second life defining moment where I changed my whole thought process around my life and what was holding me back (my forum was a real eye opener for me).
I would like to thank the company I am aligned with that encourages personal development, dreaming big, creating your own life, time freedom, financial freedom, and helping others who want it do the same.
All of these life defining moments play a part leading up to the point where I was just crazy enough to have the belief that I can do this!!!
As a result my thinking wasn't "I can't do this" and then coming up with all the excuses under the sun to get out of it. My first was thought was "right, how am I going to make this happen?"
Step 1 - Aim for the Lake Taupo Bike Race in November and do the 160km.
Step 2 - Work out a training plan.
Step 3 - Join a biking group.
Step 4 - Get a new inner tube so I don't have a flat tyre anymore (patches weren't working the tyre was poked)
Step 5 - Get on my bloody bike and get some rides in!!!
Step 6 - Start Fundraising so I can get there.
Yesterday was my first ride in a while. I bought a speedometer so I could track my speed and distances. I put it on my bike all by myself even though the instructions were in some form of Asian and I don't speak or read any Asian languages. And hey presto!! It didn't work.
No problem, I'm not too proud to go back to the bike shop and ask for help. So I biked down...and they were closed. So I went for my ride, I suck with distances so I have no idea how far it was, kept up a good pace and then returned to the bike shop. The lovely gentleman just said "here lets try it a bit closer and put the little reader thingie closer to the spokes" (thingie is my word not his haha) . Well I knew it was going to be something really simple that would make me look stupid but in my defence in the picture it was on the other side. But it's all no problem.
All sorted and I've found I can ride at a speed of between 20 - 22 km/h without feeling like I'm working too hard. We have to be able to do a minimum of 25km/h. I should be able to do that by the time the ride rolls around.
I intend to document my journey, I hope you enjoyed reading this first entry and I hope you will read more.
If you enjoyed this please like and share so I can help raise awareness of HFF and the upcoming ride.
Have an amazing day!