Training update - Simon Cross

Posted 18th November 2016

Two years ago my brother Julian, died following a fall where he sustained a severe brain injury. Julian was in a coma for 16 days and turning off his life support machine and watching him fade away was the most difficult thing I have ever witnessed.

I vowed then to do something special one day to remember his spirit and courage. As a result I signed up over the summer to the headeast challenge to raise much needed money for children with brain tumours.

I started training on 3rd July 2016 at the Bike Bath Sportive when my weight was 14st 10Ib and where cycling just 50 miles was really tough.  I have made a concerted effort to get on my bike every day since then in all weather conditions so I am confident that fitness will no longer be a problem.  I am now sub 13st 5Ilb and ready for this cycling challenge. I fear I may have peaked a little early though as I’m starting to hate my bike and those cold weekend mornings! But I still persevered with a 60 mile ride to Cheddar last Sunday.

Having a personal goal has been a great experience and every time I think about giving up I think of my brother and the children affected by the devastation of a brain tumour. I am truly humbled by the support I have had and that so far I have raised over £7,500, smashing my £3,000 target. My new target is to raise £10,000 in Julian’s memory.

My biggest diet change has been “Zero Alcohol” since 3rd July 2016 and the truth is I have really missed red wine and Thatcher’s Gold! My wife and friends think I have become boring but it’s only a small sacrifice to make and I will make up for the alcohol losses and lack of charisma over Christmas and the New Year!

Personally, I cannot wait to get to Vietnam and Cambodia. I am ready for the challenge and I am looking forward to the whole experience getting started.


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