Today is the day I sail to the Netherlands, for the biggest ride of my life.....except it’s not. No passenger ships are sailing, there is no race in the Netherlands or anywhere. I thought I was ok with this.....
Today was much like yesterday, but without a cream team, or a round of applause for the NHS. However, the health workers and support staff were reporting back today just how touched they were that their sacrifices were so appreciated by the population as a whole. Even royalty and the PM & Chancellor joined in with the applause. The NHS will certainly be earning our praise over the next few weeks, as the death toll from this indiscriminate virus rises daily, and it seems inevitable that we will be practicing social distancing in one form or another for considerably longer than the initial 3 weeks set in place.
As the country starts to get to grips with the first full day of lockdown, people are coming to terms with this new way of living in their own way......
But even better than all the community sharing is the fact that people are just trying to cheer each other up. They've stopped moaning about loo roll hoarders and started putting their children's rainbow pictures in their windows
Being a long distance cyclist was accepting that it was all I could become. Yes I could cycle a long way, and I loved to do this, but I felt I was deluding myself if I thought I could ever be even slightly competitive as a cyclist. Completing a long distance event in time, let alone a good time, was something that more capable & usually younger women did, not me. I would enter, because I liked the idea of a particular ride, and my aim was simply to complete it, hopefully in time.
So what’s change my perspective?
A few weeks ago I shared my story about why I simply HAD to complete PBP.
Its a scary fact that IBD is on the rise in the western world, and so more and more of us are likely to be affected with this debilitating illness.
The post that follows is not anything like I thought I would write about it, but I think it's important. It's very personal to me, and I've rarely discussed it, but I think that many others out there may be able to relate, and so this story will be told. I want to explain why it was so important to me to complete it, ideally within time, but even out of time if necessary. The reason is not what you would expect.
Why do so many of us lose our confidence as we get older?
This motivation series will include inspirational stories, achievements and tips to build confidence.
To put it all in perspective I’d like to share MJ’s story. She’s the perfect example......
She is now patron of a charity called The Wave Project, that uses surfing as therapy for young people suffering from mental health issues, or from disadvantaged backgrounds.
She's back to being an adrenaline junkie, and is in a much better place for now
Grab a cuppa, and take time for a read.