the_journey wrote:Hi thirdcrank,
Thanks for your post.
I 100% agree about the poor planning. That's why I appreciate every single reply on this thread. I've received more than I anticipated because despite my emotional plea for advice, I am aware that my idea is basically foolhardy.
In case it wasn't apparent already, I think most people realise my idea comes from a place of both pain and the desire to feel like I can do SOMETHING to help my wife's situation.
It's horrible to realise someone close has a life-threatening illness. I'll never forget the day we told our 12 year old son. Everyone deals with such news in their own way. Being in the middle of an emotional situation, hearing others' opinions can help guide. There is no right or wrong.
Not sure about the "net loss" bit. How is planning something that could raise money, possibly awareness (think adjunctive therapy, or helping a family pay the bills), a net loss? I don't get that.
Spending money on equipment to do something enduring is not a potential loss, it's all forward! Positivity. Maybe it's perspective. I don't know.
I'm not even worried about the idea of enduring 1000 miles. Honestly, if my wife was having her treatment in November, I 100% guarantee you I'd be leaving this month.
Anyway, yes, you're correct, it's VERY poorly thought out. I had the idea to do the ride (one night, tipsy and all) and within 12 hours I created an account here and posted this thread.
As mentioned, I do appreciate your comment. Every bit of feedback gives me perspective so, thank you.
I think you have wisely figured out that starting a LeJog without preparations is unlikely to end well, even with your levels of determination. I'd definitely not just drop the idea though. Why not set it as a medium term target? Get fitter, keep your mind busy and hopefully raise a few quid for a good cause?