Call it a mid-life crisis or something, but 2 weeks ago, after a couple of glasses of wine and quite a lot of chat via face book, I found myself signing up for a charity bike ride…
Not just any bike ride either! The Big Heart Bike Ride is a 500km charity cycle ride through Rajasthan in India and I will be cycling with with the "Valley Girls" (amongst others) - a group of 17 friends from "up country" (including Jo who started The Buggysnuggle Company with me) and this is our team name!
I have always wanted to visit India and so to be able to do so whilst raising money for good causes seems like too good an opportunity to miss!
The ride is called The Big Heart Bike Ride and is in aid of a variety of heart charities. We are raising money as a group and as individuals too. As an individual I am planning to give 50% of the money I raise to the British Heart Foundation, but I also want to give 50% to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Cameron (my eldest son) was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2008 when he was 12 years old, so this is disease is very close to my heart. Diabetes related heart problems are common so I don't feel I've strayed too far from the aim of the ride either!
Before I signed up, I hadn't been on a bike in probably 10 years! the panic set in a few days later when an impressive information pack arrived which included the terrifying training schedule! Gulp! I didn't even own a bike! (well not one that wasn't rusting in the shed with 2 flat tyres anyway!)
So last week I bought a bike, helmet, outfit etc. (who knew there was so much kit?) and I am now officially a typical "all-the-gear-no-idea" cyclist!
Over the next 10 months I will keep you up-to-date with my training and fundraising. All of us Valley Girls are paying for the cost of the trip ourselves so everything we raise will be going to the chosen charities.
So far this week I’ve notched up 50 miles and it took me most of that to work our how to change the gears – I’ve only ever ridden bikes with 5 gears, so 20 is a lot to cope with! I’ve also discovered that it’s a lot hillier in this part of Cornwall than I had fully appreciated…
If you fancy donating to either of these charities via my sponsorship page then please click here – your support will be very much appreciated!