In 4 months time I will embark on my Euro City Cycle challenge. As they say…
“It’s the journey, not the destination, that matters most.”
Even arriving in London to start the event will be a major milestone on my journey. When I signed up for the event in August last year it seemed like a huge challenge… more of a distant dream, in fact.
It was just 2 months after my Heart Attack and I was still in Phase 3 Cardiac Rehabilitation, being closely monitored throughout my 30 minute work-outs. I knew I needed to give myself something to work towards.
I was excited but very nervous at the same time… Was taking on too much? Would I physically be able to do it (ever even)? Was I being too ambitious? Foolhardy? At that stage I wasn’t even sure that the Doctor would allow me to participate.
Now, having got 6 months of structured exercise under my belt I’m feeling a bit more confident. According to the “Welcome Pack” I received for the event, as a Novice I should start my training today. I should begin by cycling 5 to 10 miles, 3 or 4 times a week, and slowly build up from there. I feel like I’m slightly ahead of the curve on this so for the time being I’ll focus on maintaining my routine throughout the worst the winter has to offer.
I can’t wait until the weather improves, the days lengthen and the temperature increases (to the extent it ever does in North East Scotland!) so I can safely get outside on my bike. For the time being I’ll get the miles in on the Turbo Trainer.
Over recent weeks I’ve connected with other people that are doing more ambitious challenges; Land’s End to John O’Groats (854 miles), Southern Spain to Northern Norway (~4,000 miles). To be honest I’m feeling a bit envious, but I am looking at this as a stepping stone.
Cycling from London to Amsterdam to Brussels in 4 days will be an accomplishment in it’s own right, particularly given I should complete it less than a year after the Heart Attack. However, I’m not counting my chickens… I need to keep my head down and do the work so I can really enjoy the London to Brussels leg of my journey!
I wish you well in your recovery from your heart attack. Mine occurred this past October when I was 44 and vacationing in Germany (I live in the US). I, too, was a “heart attack waiting to happen” living a very unhealthy lifestyle. I will have to have open-heart surgery in a few months. I hope your bicycle trip goes well – I can certainly understand feeling a little apprehensive about it. Here’s hoping we both have put heart problems in our pasts! Good luck to you.
Good luck to you too Jules! Preparing for open heart surgery doesn’t sound like a lot of fun… I hope everything goes smoothly.