Do you know how some apparently normal people take on challenges that on the face of it look like they are way beyond the limit of what is typical or wise?
Did you see how their idea became a draft plan and how all sorts of thoughts spiralled together so that this relatively normal individual ended up unicycling to the South Pole?
Hmmmmm…. Yes….that was me….ish! In 2014, I was a 50 year old, overweight, desk jockey who acquired this affliction and had this idea to take on a challenge and a half and attempt a 5000 mile, 10 month walk around the coastline of mainland Great Britain, even though I was torn between obsessive enthusiasm, worry for my family and massive self-doubt that I could actually do it.
I can’t say where or how the idea really originated, though a long dog walk may well be the culprit. However, having had the idea, I’ve read a fair few books and blogs from people who have completed the challenge to see if I could understand what motivated them. In conclusion – I don’t think they knew either. Maybe it was an age thing. In truth I suspect it was an urge to do something tough that could also tangibly contribute. Some might describe it as a personal pilgrimage but maybe I saw it as more of an item in my bucket list. I also found myself with the opportunity to raise money for two excellent causes.
And my family? Despite my 10 month absence, my family were incredibly supportive. My partner lurched from enthusiastic support to resentment at my clear desertion but she also insisted that I had to do it and had no excuses. The kids were hardly children anymore and though exams pressed for all of them, they were confident that modern technology could keep up communications and couldn’t have been more enthusiastic.
Please read my blog which charted my progress. Unfortunately I didn’t have the huge publicity machine that celebrities have when they do their big challenges so if you find a little loose change in your wallet or even a huge wedge of spare cash please please please send it my way. Every penny makes the whole project feel a little more worthwhile.