I’m training, fundraising, and riding 200km to support WA cancer research
A journey begins…
Having need to take a break from running earlier this year I dusted off my 20-year-old mountain bike and started riding 20km on the weekends. Over the next couple of months 20 turned into 40 and then StepChange approached me to see if I would be interested in joining the Woodside team they support on the MACA Cancer 200 Ride; a 200km weekend ride to raise funds for cancer research.
It had been in the back of my mind for a few years that an event like this would be good to challenge myself with, so I joined the team. Then over the next hour it dawned on me that 40km is a long way short of 200.
So in May a few things happened; I pushed my next weekend ride to 48km, picked up a second hand road bike, and did the one thing I swore I’d never do… I purchased some lycra!
I will have 5 months to prepare for the October ride. A 400% increase on my weekend rides, learning about padded bums and how to use cleats. The journey has begun.
I, like many of you, have known families and friends who have battled cancer, often with an unhappy ending. And I have friends I grew up with who no longer have their parents in their lives.
Something I’d noted is how many of those were aged between 55 and 65. Right when they should have been starting to enjoy the fruits of many years hard work, they started the hardest battle of their lives.
As many of my friends and I start to edge closer to 50 in the coming years, remaining healthy and reducing what health risks I can control is important to me.
So I am riding because:
1. I want to raise funds to help cure this disease that affects so many
2. I’m trying to improve my fitness and reduce my risk of diseases
3. I like a (physical and mental) challenge
The funds we raise will back the brilliant brains at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research. These WA researchers are committed to finding answers faster and developing ground-breaking treatments for the hardest to treat cancers.
If you can support me, donate to my fundraising link on this page. I’d be so grateful for your support and every little bit helps.
Please help me, help the Perkins.
So far this year I helped provide…
hours of research
Funds raised over the years
Thank you to my Sponsors
Michelle The Favourite Sister
Scotty And Tracey Parker
Ozy & Charlotte