Pedal for Scotland 2016 – all done and over £500 raised for a great cause – Eli on a bike

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Firstly I want to say thank you so much to all the people who donated to Alzheimer’s Scotland on my behalf. As I write this blog post we have raised over £500 for this great cause. So the big day has come and gone and I thought you might like a quick update and some photos.

I was on the 8am start schedule from Glasgow Green and my fantastic sister Leigh came and saw me off with lots of cheers of good luck and well done. She took photos and recorded videos and in one video clip you can hear her panting for breath as she cheers me on. It tuned out that her bus hadn’t turned up to get her to Glasgow Green and she was worried about missing the chance to see me, so she had to run across the green to find me.

She did a great job and I now have lots of photos and video snippets of the day as little reminders.

On the weeks before the actual cycle, I had been worrying about how punishing the new route would be, I’d heard that it was more hilly than the route I’d previously cycled and a lot of people found it quite hard going. I have to say that yes the route now is much more hilly, I’d describe it as 48 miles of one hill after another, but I found that being clever with your gears and prepared meant that no hill felt awful or too challenging. Yes I was out of breath for the entire 48 miles, but not to the point where I couldn’t hold a conversation with the other cyclists or thank the locals who had come out to cheer us on.
There were a few other changes to event itself from the last time I took part the biggest being that the roads were closed to traffic making it a really pleasant and safe cycle, well there were still quite a few newbie cyclists who didn’t signal before moving or slowing down and rather a lot not sticking to the rule about keeping left to allow people to overtake but in general I did find it a great cycle thanks to the closed roads. My only grumble in this regard is maybe that I don’t think it worked very well to have the kiddies ride take place at the same time and on the same route as the main rides. The last ten miles of the route was where the “Wee Jaunt” kiddies ride took place and it became quite scary in places with families taking up the entire road and kids swerving in and out in front of other cyclists but I understand that it’s probably a logistical nightmare to organise the multiple cycle events going on.

On the weeks before the actual cycle, I had been worrying about how punishing the new route would be, I’d heard that it was more hilly than the route I’d previously cycled and a lot of people found it quite hard going. I have to say that yes the route now is much more hilly, I’d describe it as 48 miles of one hill after another, but I found that being clever with your gears and prepared meant that no hill felt awful or too challenging. Yes I was out of breath for the entire 48 miles, but not to the point where I couldn’t hold a conversation with the other cyclists or thank the locals who had come out to cheer us on.
There were a few other changes to event itself from the last time I took part the biggest being that the roads were closed to traffic making it a really pleasant and safe cycle, well there were still quite a few newbie cyclists who didn’t signal before moving or slowing down and rather a lot not sticking to the rule about keeping left to allow people to overtake but in general I did find it a great cycle thanks to the closed roads. My only grumble in this regard is maybe that I don’t think it worked very well to have the kiddies ride take place at the same time and on the same route as the main rides. The last ten miles of the route was where the “Wee Jaunt” kiddies ride took place and it became quite scary in places with families taking up the entire road and kids swerving in and out in front of other cyclists but I understand that it’s probably a logistical nightmare to organise the multiple cycle events going on.

All in all I really enjoyed the day and even managed to post a few pictures and videos along the route so that friends and family could keep up with my day. In one such video I can clearly be heard to be quite out of breath but that was nothing compared to how my lungs felt when I got off the bike at the finish line but I’m thankful to say that come Monday I was back to normal with no aches or pains.

Kate was there to cheer me through the finish line and give me a much needed hug at the end and it’s amazing what a boost it was to approach the finish line and see Kate cheering me on.

All in all a very good day and Kate is already talking about doing it next year.




1600 calories, 4 hours 22 mins, heart going like the clappers but £125 raised

I’ve been guilty of not showing this blog much love recently but there’s just been so much going on over on my other blog that it’s had all my attention but I had promised everyone that I’d update you occasionally on my plans and “training” for Pedal For Scotland, so I thought a wee/short blog post might be in order.

In all honesty, I’m not stressing out about “training” the way I did first time around doing the cycle. Then I only cycled a few miles every day so the thought of trying to do Glasgow to Edinburgh really scared me. Now however, I’m doing almost 20 miles every day and I’ve done the Glasgow to Edinburgh thing a few times. So I’m not overly focused on doing anything specific as in training. I did however do a wee bit of a challenge recently.

Last time around, as part of my training I completed the Pedal it Pink cycle to raise money for breast cancer research. This was genuinely one of the hardest things I have done, physically, in my life. It was billed as a cycle marathon around Arthur’s seat in Edinburgh, what they failed to mentions was that around actually meant partially over – 8 times.

Arthur’s Seat is the main peak of the group of hills in Edinburgh, United Kingdom which form most of Holyrood Park, described by Robert Louis Stevenson as “a hill for magnitude, a mountain in virtue of its bold design”.

At one point I genuinely thought I was going to have a heart attack, it was horrendous and absolutely not suitable for a “leisure cycle” as it had been billed. Back then I swore I’d never do anything like that again… that was until I got over enthusiastic a few weeks ago and put out on social media that if my sponsorship total reached £100 before the weekend, I’d go do it again. Within hours it had reached £100 cause obviously all my friends and family are evil!!!! Pure evil!!!!!   So… I got up early one Sunday and off I went.

The cycle from Musselburgh into Edinburgh / Arthur’s Seat is quite pleasant and reasonably flat and a nice warm up as it wasn’t the nicest weather to be honest, the 26 miles around/over Arthur’s Sat however was horrible, but less so than last time so I guess my fitness has improved.

Looking at my stats from my fitbit surge when I got home, you can see when my nice cycle into town turned into the climb around the big hill. There is a very distinct and sudden spike in my heart rate.

Have to say, the calorie burn for the day was not bad either, 1600 calories by 11am so can’t complain 🙂

I’m still a long way off my target of sponsorship money to raise, I’m hoping to raise £300, so if you haven’t sponsored me yet, there’s still time: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/EliApplebyDonald




Pedal For Scotland – I’m doing it again

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Ready to go at the start of the cycle in 2010

I’m off the crutches and back on the bike and way behind schedule but it seems fitting to be writing a post to announce that I’ll be taking part again. This year I am riding to raise money for Alzheimers Scotland, a charity that is really close to my heart as my family has been affected and is still being affected by Alzheimers and I have lost too many people I love to this hideous disease.

Pedal for Scotland is a massive national cycle ride going from Glasgow to Edinburgh that happens in September every year – rain or shine! It works out about 65 miles with some wicked hills but also with some fantastic comradery on the day with the thousands of other cyclists taking part. There is everything from lycra clad speed demons to kiddies on tag along bike seats.

 

 

 

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So here’s the rub, please sponsor me and help to make the effect of Alzheimers just a little smaller for someone.

You can visit my Just Giving page to donate or you can donate by text  send the message EJAD74  to 70070 to donate£1,£2,£3,£4,£1000,000 🙂

I promise in return, I’ll post lots of blogs about my cycle adventures on the run up to the big day and if I hit my £300 target I’ll even have a go at some live tweeting and maybe vlogging from the actual cycle!

 

 




Pedal For Scotland – I’m doing it again

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It seems fitting to be writing a post to announce that I’ll be taking part again. This year I am riding to raise money for Alzheimers Scotland, a charity that is really close to my heart as my family has been affected and is still being affected by Alzheimers and I have lost too many people I love to this hideous disease.

Pedal for Scotland is a massive national cycle ride going from Glasgow to Edinburgh that happens in September every year – rain or shine! It works out about 65 miles with some wicked hills but also with some fantastic comradery on the day with the thousands of other cyclists taking part. There is everything from lycra clad speed demons to kiddies on tag along bike seats.

So here’s the rub, please sponsor me and help to make the effect of Alzheimers just a little smaller for someone.

You can visit my Just Giving page to donate or you can donate by text  send the message EJAD74  to 70070 to donate£1,£2,£3,£4,£1000,000 🙂

I promise in return, I’ll post lots of blogs about my cycle adventures on the run up to the big day and if I hit my £300 target I’ll even have a go at some live tweeting and maybe vlogging from the actual cycle!

 

 

It seems fitting to be writing a post to announce that I’ll be taking part again. This year I am riding to raise money for Alzheimers Scotland, a charity that is really close to my heart as my family has been affected and is still being affected by Alzheimers and I have lost too many people I love to this hideous disease.

Pedal for Scotland is a massive national cycle ride going from Glasgow to Edinburgh that happens in September every year – rain or shine! It works out about 65 miles with some wicked hills but also with some fantastic comradery on the day with the thousands of other cyclists taking part. There is everything from lycra clad speed demons to kiddies on tag along bike seats.

So here’s the rub, please sponsor me and help to make the effect of Alzheimers just a little smaller for someone.

You can visit my Just Giving page to donate or you can donate by text  send the message EJAD74  to 70070 to donate£1,£2,£3,£4,£1000,000 🙂

I promise in return, I’ll post lots of blogs about my cycle adventures on the run up to the big day and if I hit my £300 target I’ll even have a go at some live tweeting and maybe vlogging from the actual cycle!