Ok so I am officially insane. Having declared last year on June 19th that I would never get on a bike again, and I havent since, I have now for the third year running signed up for the British Heart Foundations London to Brighton … someone want to explain to me why?
I cannot believe I have done it again. And I am now puzzling over why! Now dont get me wrong I LOVE the day, albeit its very hard work with the lovely south downs hills that you encounter on the way but the atmosphere is incredible, you meet wonderful people, you will each other on at the tough spots, you see people dressed in wacky costumes and as you cycle down into Brighton at great speed with the wind in your hair knowing your nearing that finishing line the feeling is just amazing, I cant recomend it enough.
Except… you spend the day with your own thoughts… it gets quite scary, well when your me and you have a brain that operates at a million thoughts a minute, you think about alsorts, how much of a struggle it is, when the next hill is, what to eat, should I stop at the next stop or push myself further, when shall I have another baby, do I really enjoy being single, why are we on earth … yes it runs into the plain odd!
As much as a physical challenge its also a mental challenge and to be honest in more ways than the physical I would say, you have to believe in yourself, absolutely believe you are going to get to the end. The first year, I really didnt think I would and that made it harder, in 2009 I believed I would and I did and in a better time! So this year I am just as determined. My arch enemy … my bike, is now fully prepped and pumped up ready to go thanks to my dad so I am now vowing to get out on the road as much as possible and start clocking up the miles!
Heres me at the end of my second London to Brighton last year, wearing my tshirt I made with my Grandpas picture on, every year I do this in memory of him 🙂
Wish me luck everyone! And if you feel like sponsoring me please feel free to do so (by clicking the widget on the left) all the money goes straight to a very worthy cause, British Heart Foundation do some wonderful work!
EDIT: Have found more of my london to brighton photos from previous years: