So the decision has been made and the registration form submitted.
On July 11 and 12 I shall be mostly sat on my bike, riding from one side of Britain to the other on the C2C Challenge.
It may have been a while since I originally suggested the idea on here about embarking on the two-day, 140-mile ride from Whitehaven to Sunderland.
But I haven’t been sat around twiddling my thumbs. I’ve been training, I’ve been researching and most of all I’ve been finding out whether I’m capable of succeeding in the challenge.
I still have a few worries – which I’m telling myself is a healthy bout of nerves – but most of all I’m excited.
I’m already slowly building up the mileage on my training routes…and tackling routes with hills that I’ve previously decided I would take on “another day”. I’ve even ignored the blustery winds and driving rain and headed out onto the open roads, whereas previously I would have adopted the big old wuss attitude to such weather and stayed indoors.
There are still plans to be hatched, especially in terms of the reason why I’m taking on the C2C Challenge.
It will be a charity challenge, but I’m hoping to raise more than just money.
I’ll be riding for organisations linked to ME/CFS research and carers – two very personal issues.
For now, I’m looking forward to the long Easter holiday weekend when I can hit the roads of Staffordshire for four early mornings and test my legs and my resolve.
Chocolate is a good way to refuel after lots of physical exercise, isn’t it?