Hands Across the Water Journey

by Rodney on May 4, 2015

firststepWeek One

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”

Lao Tzu

What have I done? I have taken on the biggest challenge of my life. I’m not only stepping out of my comfort zone, I’m jumping out of it. I’ve raised the bar to heights I only dreamed of.

I’ve signed up for a charity bike ride in 10 months’ time. That’s what I’ve done, and I’m shitting myself.

To some of you that may not seem like a big deal, but to me, it’s an enormous challenge.

First of all, the bike ride is taking place in Thailand. It will be 500kms over 5 days in up to 40 degree heat. Through country roads and up hills. It will be physically gruelling, especially for me. I haven’t ridden a bike since I was a teenager, I’m not known for my athletic ability and I’ve never done anything this physical. I’ve also never travelled to Asia so I’m not accustomed to the weather, culture, laws language, anything!

Second, In order to be allowed to go on the bike ride, I have to raise a minimum of $5000! That’s not pocket change, that’s a lot of cash. I’ve never raised that much money for a charity. I can’t do this just by asking family or friends or holding a cake stall. I will have to think of a lot of different ways, ask a lot of people and maybe even beg and plead. It will require a consistent and focused effort over a longer period of time.

I’m going to need tenacity, resilience and stamina to pull this off.

The $5000 is going to Hands Across the Water, an Australian charity that gives at-risk Thai children and their communities a helping hand. Their projects are tailored to meet local communities’ needs – for the long term. The work they do is focused on improving the lives of the kids and their communities today and in the future.

These are the hurdles I will be facing:

The physical training. To get ready to be able handle the conditions of the ride, I will need to prepare my body. I will need to train harder and longer than I ever have before, I will need to adopt a new diet, I will need to build stamina and I will need to learn how to persevere when I become tired, sore and uncomfortable.

The motivation. I will need to consistently find the motivation to keep going. In the past, lack of motivation has been a big killer, however I have managed to get it back. I will need to apply everything I know about motivation and learn some more stuff to pull this off.

The good news is, I’ve taken the first step. I’ve registered for the ride, I’ve set up my fundraising page, I’ve been exercising every day and I’m reading my goals and accomplishing small milestones. The more I do, the more confident and the less afraid I become.

Please help me reach my goal of raising $5000 for these awesome kids in Thailand. You can do that by visiting my fundraiser page www.blokesupport.com.au/ride and click the SPONSOR ME link to donate. Every little bit helps and its tax deductable.

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