Slight change of plans needed?

Don’t worry, I’m not being defeatist. Since I announced my LEJOG intention I’ve had some great feedback from you guys and dolls, thanks for that. So, here are the main points that have been raised.

  1. The idea is great and people would be willing to sponsor me. That is good to know, so thanks to you all for that early support.
  2. I should plot out a virtual route and show how far along it I have travelled each day, pointing out places of interest. I had planned to do that, but was keeping it as a bit of a surprise. Oh well, the secret is out now. Once I’ve figured out an average distance for each days cycle I am going to plot it all out on Google Maps so I can post pictures of where I am and point out places of interest. It just brings a new dimension to the whole thing, and a target for each day.
  3. I’ll be cycling more than someone who’s doing the actual journey because I won’t be able to, like you do on a bike, build up momentum and cruise for sections. I did know that this would be a problem, but I have no idea what to do about it yet. Should I figure out a percentage of time that I’d be cruising and reduce the total distance accordingly? If I do, how do I work out the percentage? Any ideas, post them as a comment.
  4. This will be a bit of a boring, uncomfortable, endurance task. Since I’ll be in the comfort of my own home I’ll have a few ways to combat this. Firstly, I’ll be cycling to music, movies or tv shows. Some albums, like Carter USM’s 101 Damnations, are perfect for cycling to and will help me keep my speed up. I’ll also, hopefully, have the company of people in the Stickam chat room when they’re checking the webcam to see that I’m not slacking off. Regarding comfort, expect to see the number of cushions on the bike seat increase daily.

So there are the main issues which have been raised by some of you, which I’m extremely grateful for. I still haven’t thought of a charity, but I’m definitely going to look out ones which deal with Social Phobias. I may contact a few of them to see what they think of the idea and whether they’d be responsive to the idea of spreading awareness about the problems via Twitter. With your help I’d like to get lots of regular visitors to the blog and followers on Twitter so I can show the charities that people are interested, then they might be more likely to help with spreading awareness – and more awareness means more donations. I’ve set up this separate blog and Twitter account to keep this from being about me, I don’t want people thinking that this is some kind of stunt to help benefit myself in any way. For me it’s all about the issues, and getting people to understand how damaging Social Phobia and Depression can be, particularly in a time when sufferers are regularly failing their DWP required Medical Services examinations – putting them through a very stressful appeal process which a very large amount of them go on to pass.

Thanks for reading this, and please keep commenting here and on Twitter. Also, let me know if there is anything else you would like me to blog about on here, like related subjects or my own experiences with depression and social phobias.




6 Responses to “Slight change of plans needed?”

  1. Hey Gill,
    On point 3, don’t forget you won’t be going up hill either (it’s not all down hill from the tip o’ Scotland to Cornwall last time I checked).
    I’ll tweet and re-tweet both the addresses, it’s a great idea.

    Ps, I find NIN great for some violent cycling!!…

    • Yeah, I am going to set the gear slightly high so that I’m continually using a bit more effort than I would on flat roads – that way it should even out a bit.

  2. To work out the amount of time you might reasonably spend cruising, there are websites in existence (although I don’t know any addresses off hand) which work out cycling routes for you. Some of them give the percentage of the journey that goes uphill and the percentage downhill. That’d be a good place to start. You can pretty much guarantee you’d be pedaling almost 100% of the uphill sections and close to zero of the downhill sections. Of course, on close to flat uphill sections you’d get away with building up momentum and cruising for a bit.

  3. Also, I was thinking about this today: 10 miles on a bike could be about 30-45 minutes (basing that on the 15-20 it takes me to cycle to work (3 miles, but mostly uphill I suppose). Are you sure you can dive right in at 80 miles a day?

    • I’m going to do some practice first, seeing how long I can continually cycle in one sitting and how far that takes me. Then I’m going to see how long a break I need between sittings, then how that effects me the next day. I’m planning to attempt the cycle in February or March, to allow time for training, organisation, spreading the word and to get far enough past xmas so that people aren’t too skint to donate.

  4. endlesspsych Says:

    Hmmm, tempted to say “race ya” but that might be a foolish plan…

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