Two years ago I came to France with 12 other cyclists and never made it to the end of the first day. Instead I broke my back and severed my spine and had a heart attack in surgery and broke 15 ribs and slipped into a coma.
Today I finished the ride and went out for a drink with those same great guys, who’d supported my ‘comeback’ unwaveringly and encouraged me through the 67 mile Day One ride.
This time I was lying down on using only my arms to propel myself. That’s a fair bit harder than using legs, take it from me.
Whilst I spoke openly about it not mattering whether I was capable of riding all the miles today, and there being no Shame in taking a lift in the support van with Kev, inside my head failure was never really an option.
After 3 hours sleep my spasms are now keeping me awake. That’ll make the 140 km challenge tomorrow even more difficult, with rain forecast too.