My journey to reach the roof of Africa

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“On Yer Bike”

So if I stand any hope of getting up Kilimanjaro I’m going to have to drastically improve my fitness and drop more than a few pounds of weight. Given that I haven’t really done any sport or exercise for a number of years combined with my love of good food it’s not really too much of a surprise is it?

To ease myself back in to exercise I’ve started doing a bit of cycling. I picked up a mint “Specialized Crosstrail Sport” hybrid bike on eBay for a good price a few weeks ago. It got some use whilst on holiday and now is getting regular evening rides out when I’m at home. I’m starting with a modest 5 mile loop which takes in a few hills (which have me dropping down into very low gears and gasping like a fish out of water!). I’m tracking my rides using an iPhone app called Cyclemeter – it’s really cool and you’ll see it automatically tweet a summary and map of each of my rides.

This evening it’s sunny for a change so at least I won’t get the soaking I got yesterday when I rode out. Watch for my tweet.


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Here I go then…

So after a few months of reading about it and talking to someone who’s actually done it (thanks Darryl!) I’m committing myself to climb Kilimanjaro in 2013 and to raise money for PSC Support, a charity very close to my heart.

I’m going to use this site to let people track my training, preparations and the attempt itself and hopefully raise some much needed funds on the way too.  Also, I’m hoping that by going public it’ll act to reinforce and motivate me to keep at it when times get tough. Your comments and support will be most welcome! I’ve also set up a Twitter feed, JustGiving page and will have facebook page live soon too.

Right, I’m off to ride my bike. I’ll blog about my new found trusty steed and emergent exercise regime later. Ah pants, it’s just started raining…