Q2: How have you found peoples interest in what you are doing?
People blow me away with their interest in what I'm doing. I used to be a heavy smoker, who was only interested in himself. In July 2011 I had a total lifestyle change, started training with Michelle Edwards from Vision PT Bundall, gave up smoking in October of that year, and bought a cheap bike in the November to cycle to the gym to give me a bit more cardio. That lead to one of the other PT's asking if I would be interested in doing the Sydney to Surfers Cycle. At that stage I'd only had a bike for about three weeks, but after looking at the cause it was for I promptly put my name down and started training for it. When my first New Years' Day resolution letter at 6am on 1/1/12 went out I was on my bike training, but when I stopped for breakfast at about 8am and checked my emails on the iPhone I was blown away by the response at that stage. People's responses and enthusiasm for what I was doing just gave me more determination to train harder. One of my first sponsors was Andrew Russell who is doing the Great Ocean Road Challenge and did the 2013 Sydney to Surfers.
Q3: Have there been any surprises or interesting things happen to you as you fundraise?
I've been blessed to have so many great family, friends and clients that have sponsored me over the last couple of years. It doesn't matter if you donate $10 or $1,000, I appreciate and am grateful that so many people have taken an interest in what I'm doing and have supported the charities involved.
Q4: How is your training coming along?
Since the Great Cycle Challenge in October, November was a bit slow, but started to ramp it up with my first ride to Beechmont on Saturday in the pouring rain. Need to spend more time in the mountains, and as such that will be my focus on Saturdays. I have also started training for the GC Marathon in July so my week is spent 3 days cycling and 3 days running with a couple of weights sessions to round it out.
Q5: What has kept you motivated to raise so much money?
The charities are what keeps me motivated. But then when you set fundraising goals along the way and tick them off, that also keeps me motivated and the responses from people. People will tell you about what they are going through and I feel in some way that I can help them as we've all been through good and bad in our lives. I'd like to think in some small way people can look at me and think if he can turn his life around so can I.