About 8 years ago, after a very stressful period in my life and without warning, I awoke one morning stuttering uncontrollably. I could not put more than two words together without a stutter. Initially, the doctor believed I had experienced a ‘stroke’. After an MRI and other tests etc, I was still no closer to working out why. Two weeks had passed and I was still stuttering profusely – the medical fraternity had no answers.
Frustrated and concerned, and on the advice of a friend of mine, I saw a colleague of his. My first and only appointment with this professional lasted 15 minutes. I walked in and he asked how my work life was, I said “stressful”; he asked how my family life was, I said “great”. He asked what I do to keep my mind off things, I said “play with my kids”. He asked besides playing with the kids, I said “I don’t do anything else”. He basically said, “……find an interest or sport and once you do, you will never need to see me again”. And guess what, I never saw him again.
I walked out of there and phoned a friend of mine (Michael Moit - NSCC) who helped me purchase my first road bike (Teschener). Guess what, a week later I stopped stuttering and haven’t since!
Moving forward a few years (quite a few years!!!!), riding is now a massive part of my life. My work colleagues and family know what it means to me. It’s not only the ‘love of riding’ that keeps me going on those cold mornings, it’s the great friendships that have been developed. My cycling crowd are my closest friends. And throughout it all, my family have been great supporters in whatever decisions I make. Without my family, it honestly would not have been as good a journey!
PLCC is now an integral part of my life. Its great watching this Club develop from the ground up and I am very fortunate to have been provided the opportunity to be on board as a sponsor. Seeing the development of this club is satisfying, and I do look forward to the future.
Everyone has a story on how they commenced their cycling journey, I hope you enjoyed my adventure.