My hard work starts to pay off with several cycling events including 106km for StandUp2Cancer
In September and October 2017, all my hard work started to pay off: I competed in several events, all of which pushed my endurance.
The first event I completed was a charity cycle event through work for StandUp2Cancer. I took part on the last day which was from Oxford to Solihill, a total of 106.6km.
My time was 3h59m. It was a huge milestone for me to have completed this distance.
And at the same time, I personally raised over £1,500 to help beat cancer, a cause close to my heart.
I also completed the London Half Duathlon in Richmond Park in early September and another half duathlon at Dorney Lakes in early October.
First overseas cycling trip to Mallorca and +48 on my FTP score
In October 2017, I went on my first overseas cycling trip to Mallorca as part of the Njinga end-of-season social.
Having never done a cycling holiday, I had no idea what to expect, but Njinga passed all my expectations. All the meals cooked by Leigh were fantastic; the routes we cycled took us through beautiful countryside; and we even got to enjoy a few glasses of wine each night.
Everyone got along brilliantly: we enjoyed a laugh and giggle without forgetting the ultimate purpose of the trip, of course.
My personal achievement from the trip was to conquer the famous climb of Sa Calobra under an hour, the target I had originally set for myself.
My 2017 year ended on a soaring high after so many different achievements, all with cycling at their heart, including the progression in my FTP score: from 128 (2016) to 176 (2017).