The last couple of weeks have been full on, both at work and at home. As a result, my training regime has been rather lacking in rigour, with just the one ride home from work (25 miles) one evening in the last fortnight. Thankfully, my two partners in crime in the Ride100 have been similarly lax. So we decided to put this right this weekend with a 50-miler…
All you really need to know is that this week’s ride hurt – a lot! The weather was okay (but still too windy for my liking – see last blog entry), the ride was nice (round trip to a – closed! – National Trust property in Sussex) and our speed pretty good (16mph average). But how I wished I’d done more training in the last few weeks and, let’s be honest, eaten more healthily… My legs by the end were screaming and I was completely done for by the end of the three and a half hours in the saddle.
About two-thirds of the way in to the ride, lagging behind my two friends, I asked myself quite why I was putting myself through the pain. The thought of a lazy Sunday morning with my family was very appealing at this point! I happened to be wearing my lovely new Children’s Trust cycling shirt and it was then I spotted their logo on the sleeve – and I remembered exactly why I am doing this ride.
One of my friends works for The Children’s Trust. She told me about Ethan. Ethan was 10 years old when an MRI scan revealed he had a cancerous tumour in his brain. Following surgery, Ethan had to spend the next nine months in a hospital bed, undergoing an intensive course of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
After such a gruelling time, Ethan wasn’t able to walk and, more worryingly, he didn’t feel like being helped. His mood was low and sometimes he would simply scream. He didn’t want to be at The Children’s Trust. He didn’t want to be disabled. However, after three months of specialist counselling, play therapy and physiotherapy at The Children’s Trust, the difference was clear. Ethan relaxed and his mood improved. Although he still has good days and bad days, he was determined to reach his goals to go back to school, meet up with his friends and walk again.
I also remembered some of the great kids we’ve supported at Mosaic. One of our most recent success stories has been that of fellow Mosaic blogger Ilyas. Earlier this year, I met Ilyas and his fellow students from Slough and Eton College on a tour of the McLaren Technology Centre for a Mosaic World of Work visit we had organised. This was an incredible visit for all of us, but especially for 6th Former Ilyas who is passionate about becoming an engineer and an F1 petrolhead of the highest order! Following the visit, Ilyas was lucky enough to have his request for work experience accepted. Ilyas had the week of a lifetime at The McLaren Technology Centre (MTC), an experience most teenage F1 fans can only dream about!
So far, I have managed to raise almost £4500 in sponsorship. My target is £5000. Half of this will go to Mosaic and half to The Children’s Trust. What exactly will £2500 get for each charity?
- For £2500, Mosaic will be able to support another five students like Ilyas through a year’s mentoring programme, helping them to achieve their potential.
- For £2500, The Children’s Trust can provide a child with a summer play therapy programme including several outings that are carefully chosen to provide the maximum benefit and enjoyment to each child.
So that’s why I am doing this – and am very happy too! Now I just need to get back in to the training groove!
And to motivate me even more, I am delighted to unveil my newly-ordered shirt for the day, replete with all the fantastic sponsor logos!
If you can support me and help me reach my £500 target, you can make your donation online.