Here she is … the little beauty.
The ‘LauraLynn’ is the tandem bike that kayak supremo Kipper Maguire and I will be cycling on September 28th as part of our massive challenge for the LauraLynn Foundation – Ireland’s only childrens’ hospice.
Our tandem bike only arrived tonight and tomorrow we get our first chance to try her out, then on Friday we have a 40k ‘training’ cycle arranged. We’ve no idea how long it will take, and how the two of us will hold our balance on this amazing looking machine. I’ve never cycled a tandem before and it’s all new to me; so if anyone has any tips, let me know on Facebook or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s the final stages of training now. For months I’ve been cycling 15k in and out to work on my mountainbike ‘Thunder’ and now we’ve got ELEVEN days to tackle the tandem.
I’ve kayaked many kilometres over the summer too, and spent many hours in the gym – trying to get my core and upper body ready for the marathon paddle down the flooded Liffey. That’s 30 million tons of water released from the ESB-operated Poulaphouca Reservoir, creating a world-renowned 28km course with swift currents, ten weirs, and numerous rapids. I’ve kayaked a distance of 15k regularly now – but what 28k will feel like, remains to be seen – and the biggest challenge for me, will be the weirs – which scare me to death!
Lots of my friends will have become familiar with my training kayak Sásta Sage – kindly sponsored by Sásta Fitness who claim you can drop a dress size, and get fit, in 4 weeks. Fiona Egan, this brand new company’s inspiring female founder has been absolutely brilliant – standing behind us all the way as we prepare for our big challenge, and arranging a variety of fund-raisers around the country on LauraLynn’s behalf. Thank you so much to Fiona and all her Sásta Fitness members who chipped in over the past few weeks.
Thanks too, to Cycle Super Store in Tallaght who have sourced the tandem for us – and of course to www.rafting.ie for all their help.
Finally thanks to you, and all your friends, who have contributed … or are ABOUT to contribute to the cause 😉
Check out our donations page here: Pedals-2-Paddles – or by clicking on any of the photos on this page.
Wish us luck….