23rd February 2017
Written by Craig Sherburn
Hi, my name is Craig Sherburn, and I am now excited to be registered to ride in the 24 hour Challenge at Brands Hatch this coming September. Here’s my story of how I got to this point!
Last September I attended the Santa Pod Raceway to watch the European Drag Racing finals. Whilst I was sitting in the marquee listening to the rain and getting upset at the price of a VIP ticket that resulted in not seeing any drag racing, I was looking to see what else I could be doing instead this time next year. Revolve24 was the same weekend and I thought I might just have a go…..
Before Christmas I confirmed the dates didn't clash and spent the week off work over Christmas thinking about it.
Having been a bit of a physical vegetable over the last 12 months I had managed to get up to 13st7 and lose all the cardio fitness I had had. Despite a keen cycling history over the previous five years, shoulder and knee problems had distracted me from getting out and at the age of 46 I needed to make a change before 13st7 became 14st7....
I've had a desire to challenge myself with an Endurance Event for some time but I seem to be alone in that amongst my cycling friends.
So New Years Day weigh in at 13st7 was where I started on the road to Revolve24. I had my head in the right place to start eating right and training and SIGNED UP!
Next I wanted to select a Charity Partner. I've done events in the past supporting some of the larger charities and as much as the benefit they deliver they do get a lot of attention easily, where the smaller, more local, ones often miss out.
When I read up the work that Stick ‘n’ Step do I was reminded of the struggles that these kids face by virtue of my boss, who has twin boys facing these same challenges - so the decision was an easy one.
The 24 Hour Challenge is a ridiculously big ONE DAY challenge for me that will hopefully help out some great people dealing with big challenges EVERY DAY.
So have I been riding?
I’m fortunate to have a gym at work so I’ve been spinning most week days through January and most importantly making a change to eating habits. I’ve clocked up a good few hours and reduced the 13st7 to 12st11 so far.
On a Sunday morning at the end of January I dusted off the road bike, gathered all my gear together and just after 7am headed off out in the dark at -3C.
I could have turned back at any point (and trust me I nearly did as the wind-chill, once moving, was horrendous) but I had planned to ride to my parents’ house 25 miles away and once I hit the first climb my core temperature came back enough to spur me on. Having made it there, I defrosted my toes and gulped down a slice of toast and a cup of tea, and then I turned around and made the return journey. At a smidge under 50 miles and 2300ft of climb in just over 3 hours I was pretty pleased with my first training ride.
I know there’s a long way to go yet and it felt like I had so much time but March is nearly here already and that leaves only about 7 months to get ready.
My previous longest ride (when I was in shape) was 145 miles so I want to double this and hit 300 if I can.
Staying awake? - I think I might be ok with this but probably worthwhile testing myself with an extended night ride before then.
I think my biggest challenge will be the climbing...
Target 1 :100 laps
Target 2: 300 miles
Target 3: 29029 ft
wish me luck
or even better visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/craigsherburn and support me.
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