Q1. Which event are you training for?
Gothenburg to Stockholm
Q2. How are the preparations and training going?
It’s been up and down, literally!! Just keeping the pedals turning.
Q3. What is motivating you to;
I don’t want to let my team down. The stronger I am the better team mate I will be.
B)do the event
it’s the longest cycle challenge to date and I’ve never done a team event. There are normally two reasons I do these challenges (1) To see if I can (2) To do it for those who can’t.
Q4. How did it come about that you’re doing this event?
Slatt’s brought the team back together (plus a few more) following the Etape last year.
Q5. Tell us more about your training.
Numerous hours spent on a wattbike followed by hours out on the open road at the weekend. Some days it’s really tough, having a focus helps and not doing it isn’t an option.
Q6. What is going to be the toughest part of doing this event for you?
I would have said doing 200 miles after 155 miles the day before, but now it’s about doing it with our ‘team mate’ in our hearts and not on the bike beside us. Skel will keep us going, I know it.
Q7. Confident for the big day(s)?
I never take an event for granted. You never know what it’s going to throw at you, so I believe you need to prepare both mentally and physically. The challenge inspires me, and so do my team mates, so yes I’m confident that we will all do what we set out to do.
Q8. How have family and friends reacted to your doing this event?
They all think I’m nuts, so it’s expected!!
Q9. How much do you hope to raise?
Depends on how good the cakes are at my afternoon tea party
Q10. How would you like the donations from your efforts to make a difference?
Life can be so tough so whatever way it is needed to help the children and their families, in any small way, is the right way to spend it.
Q11. Do you have any fundraising ideas?
I held an afternoon tea party in the garden last year to raise funds. A great way to get people together, talk about the charity and raise some money. It’s a struggle to raise money every year as people just expect me to do events now so I had to think of another way.
Q12. What is it about O2e that resonates with you?
It’s about the charities firstly, but it’s also about what it does for those involved. Mental well-being is such struggle for so many, but being part of such a supportive, inspiring group of people helps everyone involved. Your challenge can be personal, yet it inspires others. Some of the charities are small and local so funding for them is a continual issue, so this helps them do their great, much needed work.
Q13. What type of event would really get you out of your comfort zone?
Anything water based………….
Q14. Do you have any suggestions of how we could evolve O2e and what would you like to see more of?
Maybe some more social gatherings through the year, just low key catch ups. I always feel positive after spending time with my O2e friends. We can hatch more plans, inspire, cajole and motivate each other.
Q15. Finally, what advice do you have for any would-be O2eer?
Get on board in any way you can. Volunteer and support others, organize, fund-raise or challenge yourself. It’s when you learn the most about yourself and see the best in people.