And what was it for me? It was the best thing I have ever done. It was both happy and sad. Tough and exhilarating. We became so overwhelmed with emotion knowing what we were doing for someone else and the impact we were making on the kids lives yet none of the riders expected what was to come next.
What came next? It was a ripple effect. Me, the other riders, the kids, the people at home had all been impacted by such a small thing as a bike ride. It wasn’t just a bike ride though. Myself and many of the other riders lives had changed and this a little of my story. I had set myself a limit and I realised I had set it. I watch other people over take me on the ride and also in my life. I hadn’t wanted to ‘overtake’ them but simply be my best. I wanted to ride with the front pack and I was literally sitting there holding myself back. You have a lot of time to think riding 100km a day and suddenly the time came and I thought what if I set a new limit? What if I go one step further, what if I dropped my limitations and become limitless? That day I rode with the front pack. And every other day of the ride.
What’s the story I will be telling?
I thought it was challenge to do a 500km ride. I thought I would be raising money to help kids have a better life. I didn’t expect this. The impact the kids made on me and I made on the kids, the impact I made on the other people on the ride and them on me and by us changing, we took home a better version of ourselves which also saw positive changes to our families, clients and businesses too. The ripple effect really does happen and I am very much looking forward to the 2017 ride and finding out what new changes will come from it.
To read more about my journey and Hands Across the Water head here.