Monday, 27 January 2014

Pedal for Pounds 5 - My biggest challenge yet

I am a fat weak punter. 

There is no denying this. My current weight is a shocking 90kg. 

Anyone who has read this blog for a while will know I am a Huddersfield town fan. What you may not know is I do not like Arsenal. 

The reason for this is simple ... family. 
My Grandma on my dads side before she died had a partner called Ron. He served with my Grandad on my Mums in the second world war but lost touch after the war. They eventually met each other again when one of my Aunts was getting married and my Grandad invited Ron along. 
He then met my Grandma at the wedding and things clicked. They quickly found they wanted to spend all their time together. 
There was one issue. He lived in Islington. He was a gooner and cobbler making shoes for the royal family amongst others. So they spent half there time living in Islington under the shadow of Highbury and half there time in Huddersfield enjoying the clean air and quiet streets. 

Growing up almost every year we would live in Rons house in London for two weeks as a summer holiday. I grew up joking with them about Arsenals troubles. So it was a jovial dislike. 

Time went on and both my Grandma and 'Uncle' Ron passed away.
I have not been to London for any great period in years and not been to Islington for longer. This brings me to the title of this blog.

The pedal for pounds is a long bike ride for charity organised by Huddersfield Town football club. They run what is called the keep it up campaign. This raises money for Yorkshire air ambulance and Huddersfield's academy with 50% of all money raised going to these good causes. 
The bike ride this year is from the emirates stadium to Town ground. It is roughly 250 miles. They have called it the Chapman trail because of the almost century old connection between the two clubs. P4P5

I have wanted to do the bike ride for a number of years now but always found an excuse. This year being a start in Islington I felt the time was right and my school friend Josh who I do not see often enough wanted to do this also. So we both bit the bullet and have joined up. 

My issues were many:
I did not own a bike
I had not ridden a bike this millennium
I had never ridden more than around 1 mile
I had never ridden a road bike
The bike ride is in April

So I now have a road bike and have done my first over 5k bike ride today. I am slowly building confidence and learning how to ride a bike again. It is a slow process. 
I have 3 months to get fit enough for 3 80 mile days in a row.

The cause is one I believe in. I fully support football youth development and I think the Yorkshire air ambulance is a vital service we should all support especially climbers/walkers and mountaineers in Yorkshire as one slip and their service could be the difference between life and death.

I will be blogging and tweeting my progress with training and will blog after the event.
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