Week 48 Summary
The article that was in the Hull Daily Mail last week was in the free paper this week!
I have got some more sponsors
I have helped with the Fairtrade coffee morning and stall and run another Fairtrade stall today as well as taking several more orders for Traidcraft goods.
I have set up a Traidcraft account and put in a huge order!
The article about my challenge is apparently in the local free paper this week but as we have not received ours for the second week running I do not know how far it has been circulated. It is certainly in the Beverley one so many people at work will have seen it!
People are starting to put their sponsor money on my giving site and it is helping me keep going when I am cycling in the wind and swimming at 7am!
The Traidcraft order took me ages. I made the amount up to £500 by ordering lots of chocolate (I can always sell that at work!) and then today I got several more orders at church totalling a large amount. I shall have to pay for some of what I have ordered now before I can order more!
Training / Exercise
The first part of the week continues to be really busy and I am not getting much done in the way of exercise until Thursday. Friday is the big swim! This week I did 54 lengths in the time I have allocated for my 50 (75 minutes) For the first time someone asked me how much I had done. ‘That’s over a mile’ came the reply – it felt good to hear someone say it! About 10 lengths in to my swim one of the life guards put the radio on really loud and it was not radio 4! It was more pop music than talk and I was really irritated by it at first but, as I swam on I found the beat of the music quite energising and I think it helped me get a move on! Yesterday I was very tired so I just ran to and from an event in the village. I can’t believe how easy that is now – even when I am tired it seems no distance at all. Today I went out on my bike in the wind and I thought maybe the rain too but it mostly held off. I did not have a long time so I decided to do a short but difficult ride! Some time ago I had tackled a hugely long hill in a nearby village and I decided to give it another go. It really is long, and steep, and there were 2 other masochists out there trying to do it! One guy stopped about 50 yards ahead of me when I heard a terrible panting noise behind me. Another chap in full cycling clad was puffing past me sounding like every breath might be his last. He managed to keep going, albeit very slowly, but with all that flash gear on he could hardly get off and walk! I did have to walk a part of it but then I got on again and overtook the chap in front who had been walking ahead of me. We had a bit of a joke about there being three masochists out at the same time and I rode on choosing to come back the hilly route. I even extended my original route to include yet another hill. What surprised me was that, although I am still struggling with steep hills, I seem to be recovering quickly and by the time I got home I could have done much more but unfortunately I had too much work to do. The views from the top of the hills are great, if I have enough breath left to look and appreciate them!
I will place the rest of the Traidcraft orders.
I am doing an assembly on WATER for my house at school and hope to motivate them to raise money to build a water tank for a school in Uganda.
I am very busy rehearsing for and playing in a concert until Thursday so I will have to do short strenuous things until Friday when I will do another big swim. I really must focus on the final preparations for my challenge now.
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