#5000colo Day 1: We’re Off!

Distance travelled: 32.4 miles
Distance remaining: 4967.6 miles
Percentage complete: 0.65
Villages visited: Sprowston, Great Plumstead, Witton, Little Plumstead, Salhouse, Woodbastwick, Ranworth, South Walsham, Upton, Panxworth, Hemblington, Blofield Heath, Rackheath.

Well, that was nice. The weather was ideal, and it felt great to be back on the bike. I didn’t feel particularly exhausted at the end, which is encouraging considering it was my first ride in 12 days.

I’m still trying to find a definitive list of Norfolk villages; apparently Blofield Heath is a hamlet that’s part of Blofield, so I’m not sure whether to ignore it or tick Blofield off the list. I’ll still need to do Brundall and Postwick at some point, so I guess I’ll do Blofield again anyway.

I’ve felt a little less overwhelmed than I did yesterday; the sheer intensity of the launch and the corresponding publicity was quite exhausting. It was liberating to be back in the saddle, and it’s good to redress the publicity-to-cycling ratio a bit.

I’ve also spoken to my GP today and we’ve agreed to increase my medication; I switched from Citalopram to Sertraline a couple of weeks ago, and while the switch hasn’t been as bad as I’d imagined, there have been some really intense moments of anxiety that I’ve struggled with.

I need to let this challenge unfold slowly; currently I’m investing far too much time in social media, desperately trying to connect with people and grow my reach. I need to keep reminding myself that the reach will grow organically. Keep turning the pedals, and the rest will come in the fullness of time.

Tomorrow morning I’m off to ride with the awesome guys from The 12th Man, which is one of the organisations I’m raising money for. You can find out more about them at 12th-man.org.uk, but their campaign is centred around helping men to speak more openly about their mental health.

This is ‘mile zero’.

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