Julie: Charity ride has been so tough

CPFT chair's latest blog from day nine of her 1,000 mile charity bike ride

Julie: Charity ride has been so tough
24 June 2015

CPFT Chair Julie Spence is currently riding from Land's End to John O'Groats as part of a challenge to raise £60,000 ahead of her 60th birthday. She is raising money for children's charity Ormiston Families.

Having already covered more than 650 miles...here she tells of how tough it's been, a new found love of crisps, and how messages of support have kept her going.

I am now at the end of day nine (Monday 22 June) with just four to go. I could say, "Yippee" but with this long distance cycling you learn to take each day as it comes.
Each has its mental and physical ups and downs and the next few days also look to have the best and the worst Scottish weather can throw at us.

Lessons so far: This is very very hard and it feels harder as I am with a group of experienced cyclists who are used to a day's spin in the mountains for fun.

I may be fit but not cycling fit in the way they are.

That said I have grit and determination and my body is holding up well - considering one guy was out for two days with extreme soreness.

And one very fit lady, for the first time in her life, experienced an asthmatic response due to the level of exertion required and had to rest for a day.
Food is a real issue. Even though I am exercising hard I cannot eat and don't  like anything if it is too dry and hard to swallow.
I am eating everything I don't normally including fried eggs, fried bread, white toast, nothing sweet. I also am addicted to crisps or is it the salt.
It's also been hard to keep hydrated as I have to stop to drink rather than do it on the move and sometimes you forget.

My neck ache has been a constant pain until I cracked a few stretching and moving tips from one of the elite riders today, so I hopeful for tomorrow.
On the real positives - and I hate to say this - the bike and its tyres remain 'injury free'.
If you would like to keep my pedals turning for the last few days in the Cairngorms and support me and Ormiston families - "the Heineken of children's charities - because we reach youngsters others fail to reach"  - you can go to my just giving site or text GOJS59 £10, £5 or £2 to 70070, or even use up an old cheque and send it to me or Ormiston Families, 333 Felixstowe Road, Ipswich, IP3 9BU.
I have raised almost £12,000 and it would be great to reach £15,000 by the end - many thanks if you have already sponsored me and thanks for all those personal "keep going" messages. They make a big difference in the down moments - of which there have been plenty!


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