I did my sponsored ride!

July 16, 2009 4:38am CST
Last Sunday i took part in a sponsored cycle from Manchester to Blackpool which because of the route ended up being 64 and a half miles - it was very hard work towards the end as the sun came out and with there being no shade to get cover in I simply could not get any speed up! I ended up having to walk some of the last leg because the wind from the se was going against me - in the end it took me 11 hours to complete and on Monday I was very sore! In the end though I raised £114 for Manchester cats and dogs home with hopefully a few more sponsors yet to come! Have you ever doen anything like this for charity?
4 responses
@ShepherdSpy (8562)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
16 Jul 09
Well done on achieving that! That's quite an accomplishment..I was thinking I was doing ok getting my bike out for maybe 15 miles with a run to the shops and a commute to work (on a good day..!) A guy I know had recently taken up cycle touring and is really getting into it-He's covering distances on his bike where I'd be reaching for the car keys to travel that far! how were your wrists and arms afterwards? I'd Mentioned to you before about recumbent bikes and how the racing authorities banned them early in the last century,leaving the now "traditional" diamond frame bike alone in the running..along with its "instrument of torture" saddles and your riding position putting weight on the wrists and forearms,and higher wind resistance..recumbents are still out there,but are mostly handbuilt,not mass produced,and so tend to be more expensive to buy.but they're said to be much more comfortable to ride for long distances,as You're sitting IN a seat with your weight off your arms..I'm thinking of getting one of these,the only thing is they cost more than my car's currently worth!
16 Jul 09
Thanks - I saw a few people on the ride who were using a seat bike and pedalling the bike where by their feet were raised although it seemed to look more difficult!
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
16 Jul 09
Were they keeping up with the flow,and did you get to talk to any of them? A safety aspect of those bikes is,you're not going to get injured going over the handlebars in a crash situation,and you've less distance to the ground..
17 Jul 09
Some of them were yes and some were a little behind but, I can certainly see the safety aspect as an advantage! x
@snowy22315 (52716)
• United States
16 Jul 09
I once got involved in a CROP walk for the hungry. It was a20 mile walk although I only did about 10 miles. After ten miles I was pretty exhausted. Now a days I dont think I could go more than 5 or 6. I was training for an AIDS marathon one time thouhg and I think I went about eight miles on the longest leg of the trip but I was pretty damn exhausted. I bet I was the last one done. Cheers!
17 Jul 09
Good on you for trying though.....I have found since doing this that some people are quick to comment on how long it took me yet they have not bothered to try it themseleves to know how hard it was!!
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
15 Aug 09
I think there are people who do that with anything. I know when I play music on YouTube, people who probably don't play any instruments like to make nasty comments. Or people at work laughed at me for taking a bit over 30 minutes to run a 5K. But really, I bet they couldn't do it. My dad laughed at me about my slow running so I took him out to the track. Turns out he couldn't even make it a mile, much less beat my pace! I think if you can do a ride at all, that's something good. And plus, hills factor into the time too because the speed slows down a lot there.
@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
16 Jul 09
Wow Congrats! I didn't realize that you were biking that far. It sounds like you raised a lot of money for your charity, I don't know what the exchange rate is but, I don't believe that I have ever raised that much money (but I've never gone that far) for my charity event. I haven't done any event for so long since I have gotten older because my RA has gotten worse over the years.
16 Jul 09
Thanks! It isn't as much as I had set a target of but, I hope to get some more sponosrs now ftre completing the ride ! x
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
15 Aug 09
Wow! That sounds pretty cool. But it also sounds very hilly! I'm doing 26.2 miles soon, but it should be all flat land, which will be pretty easy. I would like to do something for charity, but so far I haven't. Unless you can consider the 5K that raised some money for the community college. But I want to do more of an actual charity thing eventually.