Archive for April, 2013

Starting Small

Today was my first day of training so I thought it best to start small and build up gradually, nothing too strenuous to begin with. After all I didn’t want to push myself too hard too soon because I need to maintain my motivation and exercising to the point where it is tantamount to physical punishment is not likely to endear me to pursue these endeavours to greater extents, rather quite the opposite I think. Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised at what I achieved this morning, given that it’s been a couple of months since my gym membership expired and I haven’t really done any real exercise since then!

Okay, so I got up at just a few minutes past 7 this morning (a good start) but I gave in to my early morning hunger and after some all important hydration I ate my breakfast, which I enjoyed with a nice cup of Tea. This meant I had to wait for the food and drink to settle before I could get started so after half an hour, at about quarter to 8, I left the house. Here’s what happened next…

Morning Exercise:

Warm Up:
* 1/4 mile jog with “sprint” finish

Work Out: Focus on Core-Muscles
* Elevated Push-ups (2 x 10 reps)
* Sit-ups (2 x 10 reps)
* V-Ab Crunches (2 x 5 reps)
* Russian Twist with 4Kg weight (2 x 10 reps)

Stretch Out:
* Gentle Yoga stretches for the back, legs and chest

Work Out: Focus on Cardio
* 1/4 mile jog – Double Hill route

Warm Down:
* Gentle stretches to loosen up the legs and chest muscles, then walking up an down.
* Hydrate and Keep warm


So now that I am registered for the event, I have received my charity fund-raising pack and my Virgin Money Giving page is off the mark it’s time for me to get fit! Which I’m hoping by definition will also mean getting healthy.

Although given my love of tea and biscuits this may not be entirely the case, at least in terms of diet! Yet I challenge anyone to find a cyclist who, after a lengthy ride, would turn down the offer of a hot cup of Tea and a choccy Hob-Nob!

The event pack I got through from the charity Mind has a “suggested training plan” of 16 weeks, which would cover the 3 months leading up to the event. Unfortunately I don’t have 3 months, in fact I only have about 6 weeks so I’m going to have to step it up a notch, improvise my own schedule and train hard!

A slightly daunting undertaking I’ll admit, yet one that I am defiant to remain optimistic about, and this effort for training started in earnest Today!

Rise, Fall
Rise, Fall
Heels Down
On the Ball
Legs Pumping
Up and Down
Pedals Going
Round and Round
Joints and Muscles
Working Together
Do not Care
About the Weather
In Morning Air
They Start to Steam
On this Hybrid
Human Machine
Now 5 Miles Out
They Start to Sing
Sitting On This
Wonderous Thing
With Pure Intention
2 Wheeled Invention
Out From Home
Then Back Again
Thinking Only
Of the Gain
Then Trying to Walk
On Legs of Jelly
Soaked in Sweat
And Slightly Smelly
Hot Shower and Soap
With Rest to Follow
The Same Again
Or More

© 2013 Christopher Leaper

I wrote this poem in support of my participation in this years London Nightrider event which I am doing on behalf of the UK charity Mind (a charity for Mental Health).

If you enjoyed this poem then please consider leaving a small donation to help me raise as much money as possible in support of this good cause.

Every single donation earns me one entry into a prize draw each month (throughout May to August) with a chance of winning a £500 prize donation from Virgin. There is an unlimited number of entries possible so EVERY donation helps, even just £1!

** Be sure to remember to “Gift Aid” any donations if you are a UK tax payer, to help make every donation go further!! **

You can also keep up to date with all of my efforts in support and preparation for this event right here on my blog!


Mind, the Metnal Health Charity
Mind is a UK charity for mental health that provides advice and support services which aim to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem to find the help they need. They also campaign tirelessly to improve the existing support and services available, to raise public awareness and to promote understanding, especially in the workplace.

Mind helps individuals to understand their condition and the choices available to them by providing clear and informative support and guidance through services such as:

  • An Infoline which offers callers confidential help for the price of a local call.
  • A Legal Advice Service which provides information on mental health related law to the public, service users, family members/carers, mental health professionals and mental health advocates.
  • Award-winning publications and website, now certified by the Information Standard.

Mind also provides help and support directly to those who need it most through their network of more than 160 local services which offer specialised support and care based on the needs of the communities they support. They are currently developing national and local peer support networks for anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

Mind believe that everyone with a mental health problem should have access to excellent care and services, as well as be treated fairly, positively and with respect, which is why they campaign on a range of issues that could affect anybody with a mental health problem. This includes health services; legislation; protection of legal rights, and employment. Learn more about Mind’s campaign for change and join them to help make a difference.

You can also follow Mind on Facebook and Twitter or read about numerous individual’s personal experiences and insights on their blog.

They also offer professional training to help promote and raise awareness in mental health issues which is essential to bring about change, end discrimination and promote good mental health for all.

If you would like to support my participation in this event in aid of   Mind, the Mental Health Charity   then please visit   my Virgin Money Giving page   to sponsor me or donate whatever you can.
Thank you!

Nightrider™ – a unique 100km moonlit ride past London’s iconic landmarks. Aiming to raise £2.5 million in 1 night!

Nightrider Logo




8 / 9 June 2013


The Nightrider™ events are a couple of unique and exciting 100 km cycle challenges which help to raise money for charity. The events take place around two of the World’s most famous European cities, London and Paris, but here’s the catch – the events take place AT NIGHT !

These unique charity events (organised by Classic Tours) sees participants cycling a 100 km circular route past some of each cities most iconic landmarks, all under the cover of moonlight! So whilst these two beautiful capital cities sleep over £2.5 million will be raised in support of hundreds of good causes.

In fact there are over 160 registered charities for participants to choose from, covering a huge range of notable good-causes both national and international. A registration fee is required and (where applicable) a minimum sponsorship amount must be raised by each individual taking part. Information on the registration options is given below with more information available on the Nightrider London web site.


It’s quick and easy to sign up for Nightrider™ – there are two registration options available:

Option 1: Pay £39 registration fee then raise £175 minimum sponsorship.

Option 2: Pay £99 full event cost then raise as much sponsorship money as possible.

If you would like to support my participation in this event in aid of   Mind, the Mental Health Charity   then please visit   my Virgin Money Giving page   to sponsor me or donate whatever you can.
Thank you!