It’s not often (okay, it’s like never) that I let people see into what I refer to as Wonderland... which is my own personal madness. So this podcast is way outside my comfort zone. But it’s an important conversation to have. Because mental health doesn’t discriminate. And we all need to work together to break the stigma. So have a listen... and please be gentle with your feedback.
Gulp. Here it is... 🎤🎧🙈 As you’ll get from the podcast intro it’s pretty ... real. Before recording this I'd had feedback from other athletes that no one really talks about the gritty stuff. So here’s the gritty. Ps: it’s not a race Pps: use headphones
Making someone face palm mid-interview is a gift, right? Questions in this video included: why do you ride a bike? What's the deal with white wine vinegar? Will you ever come back to racing? What was it like having your family with you during PBP? And of course: What's next?
I must admit it was pretty cool when the press got wind of what I was doing and asked to cover my 'Road to PBP' story. Now? I'm not as sure now as some of the 'facts' aren't how I would tell it. I guess it's always strange to hear how others describe me. But I'll leave it to you to decide.
When considering a 1000km ride over three days, one could be overwhelmed by the distance. Disheartened after two days of never ending headwind. Demoralised with the hours and hours of rain squalls. Or one could consider how many stories and dad jokes one could fit into all that time on the bike. Always look on the bright side of life!
Once upon a time someone mentioned the idea riding 600km without sleeping. #itseemedlikeagoodideaatthetime The end.
Sometimes big goals need other big goals to aim for along the way. So here it is, the ride that tested where I’m at on my road to PBP, and also test my bike and kit setup. Let's just say the weather was character building.
My third qualifier was the 400, and it was a distance that I was riding for the very first time. To say I was nervous would be an understatement. Adding to the excitement we rode through a rather apocalyptic storm, a lot of wind, and riding rather late into the night. Well, you wouldn't want an easy 400 now would you?