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I'M RIDING 0KM THIS OCTOBER
TO FIGHT MS
I'm taking the Challenge to fight MS!
This November, I am taking part in the 40th MS Gong Ride! If you know me, you’ll know that “endurance” is not exactly my middle name, so this will be a big challenge for me.
Since 1981, this iconic ride has raised funds to help fight MS and I'm now part of this incredible legacy.
Why am I fundraising?
It’s simple: my Dad has suffered from MS since before I was born and I want to contribute to helping people with this in any possible way. I wasn’t much of a reader as a kid, so the Read-a-thon wasn’t an option for me… but now I can test myself in a way that will contribute to helping people like my Dad and their families.
It’s quite staggering to think that multiple sclerosis affects more young people than any other chronic neurological condition. The average age of diagnosis is 30 years, and there is no known cure.
Every person’s MS varies, but some of the symptoms are not being able to see properly (or at all), loss of balance, ability to walk, pins and needles, and chronic pain.
Your support will help people with multiple sclerosis receive the vital support, treatments, and services to help them live well at home, remain connected to work, and be part of the community.
Thank you again for your support!
I’ll be doing the ride on my mountain bike equipped with road tyres and I’m by no means an elite athlete. Please be kind and generous with support and donations as much as you can.
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We did it!! (Unofficially)Sunday 7th Nov
Counting down…Wednesday 27th Oct So, where to begin?
Screw you, Covid… but some amazing news!!Tuesday 7th Sep Insert “it’s been too long” comment here (sorry!)…
Restrictions and haircutsMonday 23rd Aug
So as usual, I have to start an update with “I’ve been a bit slack with these updates”…
Since my last update, if anyone actually follows this page and keeps tabs, you’ll notice my training kms have gone up and up lately. I’ve been putting in as many kilometres on my spin bike and walking shoes as hours be lockdown measures permit. This has meant getting up at 4am on weekdays and doing 45min on my spin bike before work right up until I managed to pop a bearing in the pedals and that’s kind of put a stop to that… in the absence of a spin bike, I’m just trying to walk as many kilometres as I can in an attempt to get my body used to moving for longer periods of time. This has been a challenge with Covid restrictions in place, but we make it work as best as we can, right?
Speaking of restrictions, I have all but given up hope of completing the course as it was intended since, at this point, no one is allowed more than 10km from home or outside their LGA (5km for some!). My team and I have had a few discussions about this and we’re still committed to riding the distance on the day - it’s just a question of whether it will be around our local bike track, LGA or even at home in a spin bike. One way or another, I will pedal for at least 58km on the day.
I also recently posted a challenge in social media in that if we could raise an extra few dollars within a given timeframe, I’d let my beautiful wife cut my hair however she chose. We didn’t quite hit the goal, but we raised some extra funds and figured it would give everyone something to smile about during trying times, so we did it anyway! I’ll attach before and after pics for your entertainment 😜
Anyway, I’ll keep churning out the training and sticking to my promise to work my butt off for this cause and for those who have generously donated to it.
Talk soon! Stay safe!!
Bloody Covid!Thursday 29th Jul Hey everyone!
I miss my family. I miss my friends. I miss being able do everything I want. I didn’t get to say goodbye to my uncle the way I wanted to because only 10 people could attend his funeral so I watched it on my phone. I can’t take my kids to visit my Mum and Dad and they haven’t seen each other for months without a screen between them. My wife and I can’t both go and visit my elderly mother in law at the same time and let her know she’s not as alone as she might feel.
I’m becoming more and more anxious about this event too - I’ve raised over $5000 for charity and probably won’t get to do the ride I’ve been training so hard for to help people who genuinely deserve help.
Anyway, with the new lockdown rules and the closing window of opportunity to train for this event (assuming it does go ahead) I’ve taken to swapping my morning workouts from walking to spin bike sessions. This means I’m staying indoors more (you’re welcome, Gladys) and it’s probably closer to the training I should be doing anyway… so far, I have to admit that it’s VERY hard to get up early and get motivated to sit on a stationary bike compared to getting some fresh air, but I am already starting to see encouraging results from the switch in my physical health so I’m gonna keep pushing my hardest.
I promised everyone who has donated or supported me that I’d work my butt off to make you proud and I’m sticking by that. Having said that, I reckon I’m going to eat a whole pizza to myself for dinner after I complete this ride haha
That’s it’s for now but I’ll keep you posted on any major updates.
Thanks again to everyone who has and is supporting me. We’re all doing our part for a good cause and I can’t tell you enough how much I appreciate you guys!!
New training shirtsMonday 19th Jul
Aww, you guys!!Wednesday 14th Jul
At risk of sounding like a broken record; I am overwhelmed by you all. The generosity shown by people in a very trying time is nothing short of amazing and I want to personally thank every single person who has donated.
A big shout out to Mitsubishi Electric Australia who have donated a whopping $3k! This pushed me onto the national leaderboard at the time and earned me a “Bronze Hero Status” (which comes with several perks including access to the VIP tent and my name being displayed on the MS Honour Wall at the finish line). They only display the top five and I saved the screenshot when it happened in case it didn’t last long!
If MEA alone donating this sum wasn’t enough, I’ve been incredibly moved by receiving some sizeable personal donations from other MEA employees, none of whom I’ve actually met! Once we’re through this current lockdown mess and it’s safe for me to do so, I’d love to meet you all and shake your hand / elbow-bump!!
I’m also extremely chuffed to report that as I write this I’ve moved into second place overall for personal donations on the entire leaderboard (photo evidence to follow). I really only know one local businessman who’s also a mate and I reached out to him thinking it could be a good opportunity to spruce his business in exchange for donations… he ended up donating a very generous amount that pushed me into the $5k realm and into second place on the leaderboard and he didn’t want the public praise for it anyway… sorry mate, this is as anonymous and quiet as I’ll make things because everyone deserves to be told how awesome they are and how much they’re truly helping.
In the training realm, the new lockdown measures have made things a little more challenging… luckily for me, I can do round trips of approximately 22-25km within my Gladys-approved exercise bubble. I’ve also started adjusting my diet to try to cut some body fat for the next four months (as that’s all there is until the big day now! 😬). I have spent the last 6 months trying to bulk up some muscle mass through diet and heavy weightlifting which is kind of counterproductive if you’re training for an endurance event (that you sign up for on a whim without too much forethought) lol… plus, I don’t want to be carrying any more weight than I have to up some of these hills I’ve got ahead of me 🤣🤣🤣
Anyway, if you know anyone that can spare a few bucks, please point them in this direction. I promise anyone who donates that I’m going to work as hard as possible to earn every single dollar that comes my way.
Thanks guys! Talk soon!!
I cried at work today…Monday 5th Jul
So I’ve been a bit lazy and lots of stuff has happened since the last real update. Bear with me: it’s a long post.
So, my beautiful wife has figured out to create custom stickers and things (cos she’s crafty like that) and designed and created our logo/mascot! We’ve named him “Big Kev; the Keg On Legs” 🤣 I’ve installed a prototype sticker on my mudguard and I can confirm it definitely helps me ride faster 🤣
Also, I finished some flyers I created to pin up around the place at work. One of the office admin ladies not only helped me print them up, but also emailed some big wigs up the chain and asked if the company would sponsor us! I had already drafted an email up thinking “if things took off, it wouldn’t hurt to ask” but since this good samaritan did the job for me, I never got the chance. Anyway, it turns out that our company have a Charity Committee - that in and of itself should tell you a lot about where I work! So they had a meeting on Friday afternoon to discuss if the company could sponsor a little and I got the good news over the weekend that they have promised to contribute a whopping $3k!!! How amazing is that?? That takes the total donations at the time of writing to approximately $4200!!
To say I’m humbled would be the understatement of the century… I actually held it together long enough to retreat to a quiet bathroom and shed a quiet tear. It’s been incredibly heartwarming seeing people’s generosity and support since the very day I started this journey! I feel very passionately about the cause (with obvious reasons) and I’m so chuffed to be able to raise this amount of money to go to help people like my Dad!
In other happy news, the Kegs On Legs held our inaugural training run out to Kurnell on Sunday afternoon. It was a solid run and we had no flats or stoppages of any kind along the way. It did highlight a deficiency of mine in that I didn’t know how to place myself in a group for this kind of ride (being a noob and all) so I’m going to have to learn to do that safely.
My bright idea for this training was “I’ll ride to the meeting spot instead of driving there with the bike on the back of the ute. It’s not THAT much extra…” and it turns out, it IS that much extra 🤣 the ride to Kurnell and back from our meeting spot was about 22km as a round trip and from my house, I racked up 44km…. So maybe I also need to work on Maths as well as my pack riding 🤣🤣🤣
Anyway, stay tuned for more updates in the near future!
Inaugural Kegs On Legs training runSunday 4th Jul
Big Kev; THE Keg on LegsSaturday 3rd Jul
Training Ride DaySunday 27th Jun So today turned out different than I’d imagined…
So I tried clipless pedals...Friday 18th Jun
First training rideSunday 6th Jun Hey guys 😊
UpdateFriday 4th Jun Hey guys!
Welcome everyoneThursday 27th May Wow, what an overwhelming day this has been! I just wanted to see IF I could complete this ride and make the minimum donations… I’ve changed my goal three times today already thanks to the incredible generosity of my wonderful donors, and still I’ve nearly reached that (latest) goal! To say I feel humbled would be a massive understatement!
Thank you to my Sponsors
Mitsubishi Electric Australia
Jen & Ray
Peter Wilkinson - Meaust
Indi, Tia & Star
Ron & Marg