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If there is a way to contribute to support and research for MND I want to be involved. Particularly when it comes to something physical - because why not challenge myself and use muscles I'm blessed to have. So, riding the equivalent of Brisbane to Sydney seemed like a great idea... here's hoping I make it! Why is this important to me? My younger brother has MND. One day, I want someone who is told "you have MND" to then be given options for treatment and a cure, because at the moment they do not get that. Every single dollar helps.

I know that the MND and Me Foundation does great work supporting both people with MND and their families while also funding critical research.

This is our chance to help them make a positive difference is the lives of people impacted by MND.

No donation is too small and any support you can provide is greatly appreciated.

What is Motor Neurone Disease?

You have nerves in your brain and spinal cord that control how your muscles work. These are called motor neurones. MND is a disease that affects the motor neurones. With MND, motor neurones gradually stop telling your muscles how to move. When muscles no longer move, they become weak, which can also lead to stiffness and loss of muscle mass (wasting). MND is a life-shortening illness that can affect how you walk, talk, eat, drink and breathe. This is usually different for each individual. You may not get all of the symptoms and there is no set order in which they happen. The disease will progress, which means symptoms will get worse over time. For some people this can be rapid, for others it is slower. There is currently no cure for MND.

My Updates

16 May 2020

Million Metres for MND Home Edition ✔
Brisbane to Sydney
15 days
36hrs 9 min of cycling (2,165.54min)
1076.99km
Time to cheer in my fellow virtual riders.
It was hard to get out of bed and get moving today... But it's now done - what a relief!
Thank you for following this journey, encouraging and supporting me - you're amazing!

15 May 2020

One day to go! Today's 45km from The Entrance to Gosford was a welcome relief. After a couple of big days all of me is tired. It feels like it's been a long way, and I guess it kind of has. I jumped on the event late and very under trained. I'm super thankful that I've made it this far, and with 75km between me and the end I now know that I'll get there if I just keep pedalling. Dave has been super these last few weeks, cooking meals, filling water bottles and ensuring I make it. I'm thankful.

14 May 2020

Day 14, and time to roll into The Entrance, a town Dave and I visited a few short months ago. Backing up yesterday's 100km with another 76km today was really tough, REALLY TOUGH. My legs felt devoid of energy. A 6.5km commute each side of work meant 63km on the trainer when I got home. Lots of whinging initially, but then I toughened up a little and just got on with it. I admit I'm definitely counting down the days now. Two to go. Just keep pedalling Jen... left, right, left, right...

13 May 2020

Day 13. Bulahdelah to Newcastle - 96km. It is rare that I do long rides at the moment (well, excluding this last fortnight), so given I was so close to hitting the century I decided that in the scheme of things staying on the bike for an extra 4km was worth seeing the odometer tick over to 100km. I was pretty happy with this ride - the average pace I maintained with a few hills. Though, I went through two kits and two beach towels as I just sweat too much - delightful, but true. Now to rest!

12 May 2020

Day 12 - 72km and another day done. I joined two virtual group rides today to help pass the time and kilometers. Both groups had me pushing average speeds in the low to mid 30's thanks to a nice draft effect and a fair whack of hard work. With another couple of extremely valued donations, my legs found some extra motivation to keep on keeping on. I'm so thankful to those who partner with me in this journey.

11 May 2020

Day 11. Port Macquarie to Taree - 81km. Today I wanted to get it all done early. There was a virtual group ride I thought I would join at 8.30, but I wanted to be halfway through by then - I came close 37km solo, then a group ride for about 33km, then solo again for the last 11km. I focused on bike nutrition today and actually felt pretty alright, which surprised me. I'm very thankful for more sponsors today as I work towards the goal of $1 per kilometre. Just keep pedalling Jen!

10 May 2020

Day 10 - 50km to Port Macquarie. I had to draw it out on the map today to show myself that I have travelled a decent distance (virtually anyway). Today was a tough one as I'm feeling pretty tired - even after 11 hours of sleep last night!!! I'm conscious there are bigger days ahead too... so I just reminded myself of why I sign up for these challenges, and hope that I am able to raise a few dollars for a wonderful cause. Just keep pedalling Jen, each wheel rotation gets me closer to Sydney.

10 May 2020

9 May... sorry - I forgot to update my post again!! This morning was 63km. Decided to bash it all out at once on the trainer. The last few days, as I have fitted my cycling around work, I have picked flat courses at night because I was weary. Feeling slightly cheeky for doing so, I decided today I needed to add some elevation. Big mistake. Huge. Horrible. Dead.... If I wasn't tired before, I can hardly move now. Just over 2 hours on the bike and I was ready to not move for a week. But it's done!

08 May 2020

Day 8. I've made it halfway!! Nambucca Heads is today's destination, and the photos of the beach look pretty nice. Relieved that today was "only" 47km - which meant only just over an hour on the trainer after factoring in my commute kilometres - so good!! The legs are definitely weary, the butt is so far holding up. Just keep pedaling continues to be my motto - I will get there!!

07 May 2020

So it turns out that Grafton to Coffs Harbour is 83km. Which, it also turns out, feels like a REALLY long way! With some extra love from some amazing sponsors to spur me on I managed to get it done - just by turning the legs over. Up at 0445hrs, cycle, cycle to work, work, cycle home, cycle.... it felt like a big day - I can't say I've ever done 3hrs of cycling on a work day... now, where is my bed??

06 May 2020

Hello Grafton!! This was the first day I had to juggle cycling with work. I got up so I was cycling just after 5am to do an hour before work. Using my bike to commute got me another 13ish kilometres, and I was able to finish it off when I got home from work. I feel a bit like I was on the go all day - no easing into the day, no chill out after work. Just cycle, work, sleep and eat. Tomorrow is a bigger day, but I'll get there, one pedal stroke at a time!

04 May 2020

I've made it to Ballina! After adding extra kms over the last 3 days, I've made up the first days kms and have joined the other riders. So technically I'm now day 4 of the ride. Today I'm feeling very thankful that it was a shorter day and to help pass the time I joined a virtual group ride for the first hour, leaving only about 12km to do solo. Tomorrow is another large day, so I might rest a little now. Is 10am too early for beer? Pretending I'm kicking back with my virtual cycling buddies.

03 May 2020

Day 2: 108km (as I'm catching up on the first day's kilometres). Today I'm thankful for wonderful support - for my friend Kim for jumping on her wind trainer and cycling with me for 100km, and Dave for making a mid ride lunch. With this solid ride I should be good to "catch" up to the others at Ballina tomorrow night. The legs are feeling pretty weary - I'm not going to lie... next to no prep for this commitment (typical Jen style)

02 May 2020

Ok... so I joined this ride late, and now have to catch up the first day's kilometres (50km). Instead of today's 50km I did 75km - I'm hoping to catch up the extra 25km over the next two days to then be on the same schedule by Monday night. Here's to hopefully making it to Sydney in a few weeks time!

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