Cycle Burma – A Mid Life Crisis or a Cry for Help?

I have been a member of a gym for over 20 years, but I would not say I am fit.

My usual pattern of gym usage probably mirrors that of the majority of people – a flurry of gentle exercise each New Year, gradually leading to concentrated inactivity for the next ten months

This year has been altogether different.

In December at an Institute of Directors dinner a close friend announced he was taking part in a 5-day 360km charity cycle event in Myanmar in October. I don’t know why, but I heard myself saying “I would Love to do that”. I don’t even like cycling and I doubt if I had been on a bike more than a dozen times over the last 20 years. It turned out he was happy to have someone along, so it was agreed that I would sign up.

The next day still excited by the prospect I tried to sign up for the event, but it was fully booked. I had mixed emotions I was disappointed and relieved at the same time.

Move forward to March and I received an email, there were now places available. I didn’t know how I felt, I had completely given up on the idea and had missed 4 months of training (even the gym membership had lapsed), but I still wanted to go.

This time I did sign up so Myanmar here I come.

Our UK agency Key Air & Sea Limited is donating the trip expenses, so any money raised goes direct to the charity Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service.

If you would like to donate you can do so at:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/barry-birdsall