Look who's doing a fundraiser!
Kia Ora awesome people,
you must be wondering what this is all about…
Firstly, a little bit about the what:
I have decided to participate in (Mtb and Running events in 2020) to help support the work of the Mental Health Foundation.
This will be a challenge for me - but every day can be a challenge for people who may not have the resources they need to maintain a positive well-being and function well in their everyday lives.
Now the important stuff, the why:
Nearly 50% of New Zealanders will experience a mental health problem in their lifetime, and I don’t want them to face it on their own.
Being connected to others and supported through tough times is crucial to coming out the other side of difficult times. Everyone experiences tough times in life. Mine include back injury, multiple misscarraiges, Christchurch Earthquakes and shifting to Dunedin, and being assualted then rehabbing from ptsd and concussion for two yrs. I'm not after sympathy. I'm saying this so you know I've also lived through some pretty dark times and some days are still harder than others.
Your donation will help the Mental Health Foundation of Aotearoa provide people, workplaces, schools and communities with the tools they need to build positive mental health and well-being.
I want to raise (TARGET AMOUNT $1000), so please donate today!
Every little bit counts!
Thank you in advance,
MAURI TU, MAURI ORA.
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Moving forwards, staying positive by staying connectedFriday 17th Jul
Sometimes you have to change your goalsFriday 27th Mar
So it turns out I did the Motatapu dirty double (ride Sat/run Sun) with a concussion.
That plus Covid have changed my goals.
Next scheduled event appears to be Naseby 12hr in October. No Papakaoi 8hr , No Whiterocks, No Hawea Epic, No Ashburton 6hr, No Tekapo Grind.
Still supporting Mental Health and gladly accept any further donations.
My lot currently is concussion rehab.
I have awesome friends supporting me, but some people don't. Help me support them by donating to the MHF, and remember your 5 ways to exploring your wellbeing:
Yesterday....my goal was to mow my front lawn, and have a beach walk.
Never give up
Motatapu Miners Trail done n dusted!Sunday 15th Mar
15km hill run completed. Great response to the purple shirt today;)
Dedicated to those living with Post Traumatic Stress.
Motatapu mtb done!Saturday 14th Mar
As I said earlier in the week. This event is dedicated to those living with post traumatic stress.
I went through some off that after being assualted 2014.
I went through it again after being assualted last week.
Today's ride was tough and filled with waves of emotion. I literally had 15min sitting down at one point quite overcome.
I let the process take its course. No doubt it will continue to do so.
I finished the event, proud to wear my mental health foundation colours.
PTSD is rough. Respect to those living with it. Kia kaha. Never give up.
#fundraising for mental health
Almost there...Wednesday 11th Mar
Motatapu in three days! I'm super buzzed about it. The archillies is not too bad although I'll be limited to a walk/run I think, but will still be visible in the purple shirt! !!
The ride should be sweet and I'm very excited to represent the MHF with so many competitors there, over 1700 bikers :)
I'd like to particularly raise awareness of the need to support those living with the results of trauma.
Never give in. Find strength in others.
Nga mihi nui
Waimate Whitehorse Big Easy completedSaturday 29th Feb
Placed 27th open men's.
Placed 9th in vet mens
More importantly, did the purple shirt proud, raised $150 specifically for the Waimate Centrecare Counselling Centre, and made myself available for people to talk to.
Moonshine 50km RaceSaturday 22nd Feb
0530 wake up. Drive to Gore. 1030 race start. Southerly. Windy and raining at times. Hill climb after hill climb. Chain mechanical. Upset tummy. One gear bike. Hard work!! BUT MY CHOICE:)
Those living with mental illness have hard days ongoing. It just is. They didn't choose it. Mental Illness does not discriminate. Anyone can experience it.
Help me fundraise to contribute something toward improving resources to support those of us living with mental illness day after day.
Event two complete.
Event three Feb 29th..
Can you spare a fiver?
Small set backsFriday 14th Feb
Sometimes we experience unexpected setbacks. Readjust the plan, be flexible, and make the most of the new playing field on offer.
So I tweaked my archillies. Outcome is no running for two weeks, ecentric strengthening exercises (70 reps a day), some strapping, then progress from walk to run in flat grass to run hills. The good news is my training was going well before this and the rehab is doable before the waimate big easy duathalon I'm training for. Even better is I'm still able to bike...and may even put some swim time in. So not all bad. Just gotta roll with the punches and make the most of it.
Next event 50km off road mtb race 22nd Feb, then the Waimate Big Easy Dualthalon 29th Feb, followed by the iconic Motatapu dirty double 14th March.
You sponsors are so awesome I've pushed the target out from 1k to 2k! Now there's a challenge for us.
Staying focused and true to the cause.
Nga mihi nui
13km hill runSunday 9th Feb
Hmmm....where has summer gone ? More training in the rain. Good test for the jacket. Unfortunately today I tweaked an archillies which might slow things down a bit over the next two weeks. Gently does it. See how we go.
Not far from the fundraising target now. Thanks to all sponsors. You rock!
Nga mihi nui
North Otago gravel loop 102kmThursday 6th Feb
Training day. Rained all day. Didn't get sunburnt;)!Share
18km nudge ;)Thursday 30th Jan
Waimate big easy fundraising event will be my event no. 3. It's at the end of Feb. I entered in the solo elite duathalon category which is run 18km and bike somerhing or other. The bike side of things doesn't bother me, but to enter in that category I had to run 18km in under 2hrs. The first 10km is all up hill!!
Tonight I did a simulation run and gave it a nudge finishing in a time of 1hr 50min. So I'm in. Stoked. It was a big ask and very tough, but again not as rough as living with mental Illness day in day out.
Qualifying means I get a give a little page and raise money for the waimate counselling centre. Stoked.
DoogSspeeder supporting mental health :)Share
Stoneburn event completed!!Sunday 26th Jan
Great day out. Completed my first event of the year. Thanks to my sponsors. Check out the photos posted. Keep tuned in for event two....not far away now!;)Share
Chug chug chug.....22kmSaturday 25th Jan
Bush run. Keeping the legs ticking over. Nice views today;)Share
Motatapu trainingMonday 20th Jan
Chug chug chug. ...Nothing easy about running.Just on 18km of hills this evening. Keep persevering. Motatapu run coming up mid March. White horse big easy run end Feb. Chug chug chug;)Share
Gravel AdventureSaturday 18th Jan
Hot n hilly
One small moment of anxiety with cramps which I got on top of with grounding, more electrolytes, and a shade rest. Great tool to have in the box!
Sweating for mental health
Maintaining my own health
Staying committed to my sponsors and the mhf
Sponsors are awesome!Friday 17th Jan
Big shout out to my two newest sponsors Johnny Van Leeuwen and Neil McKinnon. Every $ enables the Mental Health Foundation to better help those living with illness be supported to improve quality of life! Let's do that!!
Your Life MattersShare
Connect Exercise Taking NoticeSaturday 11th Jan
Up to Naseby for some 45km worth of single track today with a mate. Sometimes a change of scene makes all the difference; )Share
The Five Ways to Wellbeing (Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning, GiveSaturday 11th Jan
So I've been using the Five ways to well-being and they are pretty spot on.
Connection with others is super important but can be hard to do when I feel like shit because it requires me to be vulnerable and ask for help.
Being connected and supported by friends is better than being isolated and stuck in my own head.
Big thanks to My mates for supporting me yesterday and inviting me for morning talk, afternoon ride, and evening talk.Share
No mojoThursday 9th Jan
Last time I did the Oamaru end of the alps to ocean I had a mechanical which cut it short. Today my body just wasn't in it and simply put it was just hard work. Sometimes life is like that. If it was all easy I'd never grow.Share
Windy training rideSaturday 4th Jan
To Palmy for hot chips then return. Tail wind there and a new pb of 125min. Hard yakker coming back into a stiff 40-60km/hr head wind. Got a tough patch in the legs at the 75km mark and the 130km mark. Good mental test and miles of meditation. I find exercise an immense help with my head space and mood. 150km today, and very happy with that:)Share
21km training run todayMonday 30th Dec
Well that was very hard. Started with a 8.5km uphill. Next year I'm running the miners trail at the Motatapu which is 15km and starts the same way. There's plenty of time to think when your training. Today was lots of pain and sore muscles. Only just finished the run and had to walk at times. Nothing compared to the struggles and challenges mental illness throws at people!Share
Jan to April 2020Monday 23rd Dec
Feb 22nd Moonshine Mtb Trail 50km Gore
Feb 29th White Horse Big Easy Dualthalon Run 12/Ride 20 Waimate
March 14th Motatapu Mtb 50km Wanaka to Arrowtown
March 15th Motatapu Miners Trail Run 15km
March 21st Papakaio Mtb 8hr solo
March 29th White Rocks Gravel Adventure Mtb Ride 72km Enfield North Otago
April 4th Naseby 12hr solo Mtb
April 18th Contact Lake Hawea Epic Mtb 95km
That's the plan for the first four months, but it's a year long commitment so will be full of challenges and more after that!
I'd love your support:) so I can support others.
Thank you to my Supporters
Kate And Peter Mckenzie-bridle
Haley & Johnny
Johnny Van Leeuwen
Paul And Shelley Hersey