Immediately following my accident and rescue by HIOWAA the future of my right leg was in serious jeopardy. The good news was that swift first aid and assistance from the paramedics and air ambulance crew meant that the hospital staff believed that it could be saved. To cut a long story short four operations later I started to walk again unaided â€“ very wobbly at first but I was walking on my own original legs!
Two years on my knee is as strong as itâ€™ll ever be and Iâ€™m trying to get back into shape. Having been a very sporty person this has been a VERY difficult process. I am unable to do any of the sports I used to do as my knee is still unstable in one direction and to make things worse during my recovery I took to â€˜comfort eatingâ€™ and â€˜couch-potato-ingâ€™.Â
I had regarded cycling as a process to get from A to B and since my serious accident started by being on a two-wheeler I had become quite nervous on the road. However, cycling was one of the few exercises I could do. I thought I needed a challenge to make myself do it more seriously and to come to terms with my accident, then I stumbled upon and signed up for www.nightrider.org.uk ; a charity ride in London from Alexandra Palace to Crystal Palace and back â€“ 100km... what is more I am confronting my personal demons and fears of being on the road â€“ it takes place IN THE DARK! I have a 00:55AM start on Sunday 10th June 2012.
Despite continual raining I have started preparing â€“ cycling, swimming, the gym and as of two weeks ago a â€œspinningâ€ class. The first week spinning was a killer but I went back last night and felt it was MUCH more manageable which was enough progress to keep me going over the next 5 weeks and the long night itself.
If you want to support me in this challenge please go to http://www.justgiving.com/CathyGrowney