DAY 1 - 24th April (officially 8:15pm 23rd April)
And we are off on this rather last minute challenge.
Today I hopped on the steady Mountain Bike, just to be as comfortable as possible as I have not ridden a lot over the past 2 years and am a little nervous to get on my wobbly time-trial bike. Went off and explored for a while on the Mountain Bike (even got some off-road riding in) and then finished the day on the indoor trainer...averaging 20km/hr.
Even managed to get a handstand in for the almighty LuluLemon, Bath squad. Which almost ended in tears.
In addition to these miles I am spinning up, I am also working, teaching Yoga and studying, so I am very aware that my self care and the discipline / organisation around this is essential. Not only with food, hydration, rest, but also to have things washed, dried and ready to go for the following day. Time will be limited and life juggling is not a needed addition.
I truly am excited for this challenge and to support these two worthy causes that are close to my heart.
Now....food and Fell Good Friday Yoga Flow!
Keep up to date with my photos and vlogs on Instagram / Facebook. I will also have them uploaded on here when there is time.
5hrs 43mins 23sec
Total to go....1989.8km
DAY 2 - 25th April
Day 2 - a big day on the trainer. This was not the intention, however I just did not have the intention to get out on the roads, even if it was just for an hour. I felt OK today, but could, of course feel the fatigue in the legs and the impact of being back on the bike. Not to mention the pain on my bottom.
The indoor bike currently equates to 20km/hr, until I am able to sort out my speedometer. So I just ride for the time and then equate that to km's.
My indoor bike moved all around the house today. Upstairs, downstairs and outside. I think I will most likely drive the Moody's mad with my biking and continual disappearance onto a pedalling machine, but for 3 weeks, in lock down, I don't think it will have a great impact long term.
The main take away from today is that I need to get super pragmatical and realistic on how I am going to be able to move through these 3 weeks, with my timing. Especially as I am still working and it is essential to me that I am able to turn up, teach yoga and continue to do my job at the best of my ability. So I may need to structure my days a little better, to ensure I can get the riding in and then have time/space to chill out, get on with some work and find a little recovery if possible.
We move our bodies and shift energy, like lightening
It is like our system generates this surge, which is brightening
Sometimes it is a little movement
Sometimes not a lot
But, it doesn't change the fact
That we offer a different impact
Not just on ourselves and our own well-being
But on those around us and the world as a collective breathing
Movement doesn't need to be riding a bike
It can be baking a treat, painting a picture or blowing a band-pipe
Find the movement that creates your lightening bolt
And endeavor to call upon it day in and day out
The energy we offer ourselves
Is never contained only to our individual shelves
But it knocks on and spreads its light
To those close and those far away in the day and the night
Find what lets you connect to your bright spark
And let that energy cascade through you and leave a greater mark.
6hrs 9mins 42secs
Elevation:0m (all on the indoor trainer)
Time: 11hrs 53mins 05secs
Total to go....1856.6km
Day 12 - 5th May
Today was by far the most emotional day that I have had. A few tears were shed, but for reasons much bigger than riding a bike. The day began teaching a few hours of yoga, I then hopped on my indoor trainer, jumped on my mountain bike for the final hour and finished off with a little quick fire / live Instagram conversation with BathFit Fam.
I found today very hard, in terms of motivation and the want to ride my bike. I recall, walking down the stair at around 11am and seeing my sister, just with a look on my face, 'gosh, how will I do this today'. But then I called on the fact that no pain I need to put my body through, even scratched the surface of the pain those suffering with illness go through, I am LUCKY, so so so lucky to be able to ride a bike, to have the energy, the time and the opportunity to do this for my chosen charities.
5 years ago today, my incredible Aunt passed away from Ovarian Cancer, I will never forget the moment it happened and the feelings that surged and overwhelmed my body. She was an incredible women, so strong, smart, beautiful, fun and offered so much to this world and to me. A true role model and inspiration. I had her strength with me today and I am eternally grateful to know I can call on her when needed.
Other things to note from today, include that I had a glass of wine, my Quadricep cramped and I am getting to that point where I am exhausted, yet totally wired. Lucky for me, maybe. I have a high tolerance to sleep deprivation, my super power I have been told. It doesn't always serve me that well, but I know that my sleep will battle me fore the coming days and instead of letting it worry or panic me, I am instead going to let it run its course, make changes where I can and try to have naps, especially later in the week, where my work schedule eases up a little.
Sleep is essential for Mental Health and is one of my most difficult tasks, my 2020 goal is to learn to love sleep. But it has been something I have struggled with since I was 13 years old. When I am in the Mountains, with no phone, no schedule, no tasks or list of 'to do's, I sleep like a baby, but that isn't the reality of life, instead it is finding a way to rid the unneeded and bring that simplicity and stillness to our life daily, among the chaos of reality. This is my working learning at the moment.
Your energy lives on
You are always here, never gone
Forever in my heart
Holding a golden spark
Thank you for the gifts you created
The love you spread and offered
And for the words of wisdom
None of them will ever be forgotten
Love and light
4hrs 31mins 43secs
Elevation:309m (last hour on a mountain bike)
Time: 64hrs 47mins 05secs
Total to go....683.05km
Day 13 - 6th May
Wow, Day 13. Can't believe it is Wednesday again. The last 2 days have been quote challenging, but today, I felt like I was just in the motions. Head down, I have to ride 100k. I have a couple of yoga classes to teach, I need to do some accounts and general work. I have a billion ideas flying around my brain. This was my day 13.
However, what I would have ultimately fallen down with int he past, is getting caught in the mania of the entire process and energy of the day. A little frantic. And not controlled. But, something yoga has helped me with SO much, is to stop, reflect, quieten and take in the moment.
I feel that I can sense this want to understand how to progress after the challenge, what to do when lock down of COVID-19 ceases and how I will move forward with this energy I am currently re-connecting too, albeit it in a cycling or other manner.
But, I keep coming back to the present moment, to this sense of trust and the ease the flows with not needing to change, to alter, to recreate the moments and situation that we are lucky enough to experience.
I miss Triathlon or competitive sport again which is so exciting, but I as=lso have yoga now, which I didn't before. I know this helps my head be stronger, it helps me move with more clam and it allows a different perspective, outlook and process behind the efforts.
Tomorrow, I am up and intend to do a big 4 hour session on the trainer and I have a bunch of beautiful people joining me for 2-3 hours of that time. I have been blown away by the connections that have come from this challenge and the knock on effect it has. But, it ultimately proves that when we surge our energy in a way that is inline with ourselves and our true calling, life brings it back to us in magnificent ways.
Letting it flow with out contraction
Letting the present moment seek action
Being OK with where I am at
Not searching for more or trying to have a long impact
Letting life unfold with its own ease and grace
Letting my heart stay centered and not race
Being OK with where I am at
Trusting the energy that I find on and off my mat
Letting the effort be focused on what is needed today
Letting the universe guide me in an individual way
No more looking back, no seeking for more
But enjoying each day and not needing an encore.