Brief update - 24/5

Briefs:

Give money!
Oh shit! Now it's real!
Big Boss man knows
Importance of a good dentist
Normality???
Logistical updates

Give money!


All money goes to charity - Neuroscience Support Group at the QMC and Sport Relief.

Massive thank you to those who have already donated!



Oh shit! Now it's real!

Last week at work we have the Town Hall meetings - internal meetings where senior staff update us with ThermoFisher progress, goings on, events, customer feedback, our impact and other company info.  In the "Upcoming Events" section was the promotion of a cyclist riding Edibrough to London - ME!!  After months of training, months of internal emails with Jo here at Thermo getting the company involved, the cat is out of the bag.  This morning, the email to all staff looked like this:


Wow how this has now grown:

  • From a crazy idea on a ride home last October,
  • Linking up with Loughborough Uni for training, 
  • Inquiring email about charity with the NSG at the QMC
  • Background work with Jo to see if ThermoFisher would be interested in supporting
  • Around 3,000 5,000 miles of training
  • Now a company event!

Excited, fearful, optimistic, cautions...........the whole bag of feelings.  The whole challenge is now known to my peers, co-workers, the public..........Oh shit is it real now!

Big Boss man knows

One of the key parts of the Town Hall meetings is that it's our contact with senior staff from our UK, EU and global operation.  John (my boss, boss, boss, boss's boss), now knows about this too.  Would John care to join me on an exercise bike for 15 minutes in the name of charity??

Importance of a good dentist

I broke a tooth recently so had a check up with my local dentist.  As my lifestyle involves a lot of eating, a lot of high sugar and citric acid foods, parts of my diet are just a recipe for destroyed teeth.  This gives two options - stop the high sugar foods and cycling and have healthy teeth; or keep cycling and manage dental care in the best way possible.  Kirsty (my dentist) was very understanding,  especially as her husband is a fan of the energy gels and does triathlons and IM's.  There is no doubt that dental care is important, but it's fantastic to have a dentist who understands the balance between lifestyle choice and health.  Thank you Kirsty and thank you for the donation!

Normality

One thing that struck me when driving to work this morning;  I did a health questionnaire as part of the dental check and one thing I forgot to admit to was an accident I was in in August 2014.  I was taken out in the London-Surrey 100 and landed with a curb stone across my back.  I bruised my kidneys and for the next month I peed blood.  In a way, now I think nothing of it - it was an accident in action, nothing really out of the ordinary.  Then it stuck me much later this morning "I should have admitted that before, why didn't that come to mind???"  Normality is I ride, some bits ache, some times I get injuries, but it's all part of life.  Then again, this whole activity is part of an extraordinary challenge and I'm glad to be involved and blogging it, because at some point, normal normality will return. 

Logistical updates

On more mundane updates, we now have places booked to stay on the Friday night before the off.  Last weekend also made us think about the ability of drivers to drive home on the Sunday.  By Sunday afternoon, I will be toast, so Mrs Stav, Chris and Em who'll have been chasing me will have to get all of use and equipment back to the midlands.  If all of use are sleep deprived, we're going to have to work out how to manage this.

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