Some hills are steeper than others

Some hills are steeper than others

On 16th June last year, I cycled 54 miles from Clapham Common to Brighton along with 30,000 other riders, which did indeed include a tough old hill – Ditchling Beacon. There, however, the similarity ends. Rewind to 2nd August 2011 when I was rushed to Croydon University Hospital and underwent an emergency angioplasty.

I was having a major heart attack and needed immediate help. Almost 90% of my coronary arteries were blocked and my heart was in desperate need of oxygen. Thanks to the wonderful team at the hospital and the support I have received since from the Cardiac Rehab team and staff at Purley Leisure Centre, I have been able to pursue my love of cycling again.

From being a keen runner I have adapted to not being able to participate in my chosen sport and have once more looked to cycling to enable me to enjoy the great outdoors and camaraderie which is always there in abundance!. Like a lot of people, I remember only too well those first cranks of the pedals with the dreaded stabilisers firmly fixed to my bike. I chose to take my first ‘stabiliser free’ revolutions on another kid’s bike and once going didn’t want to stop!

Dabbling on and off over the years, I took up cycling quite seriously again in the 1980’s competing in quite a few MTB races on my Gary Fisher bike. I also cycled a lot for charity, raising money for The Children’s Trust in Tadworth and The BHF. My cycling certainly stepped up a few gears with the prospect of completing a London to Paris cycle for The Royal British Legion in 1997. Along with my 99 fellow riders I helped raise £100,000 and had a wonderful time!

Cycling took a back seat for a while as I returned to my first love, running. The events of 2nd August 2011, however, left me with a maximum training heart rate of 112 beats per minute. Running (even jogging slowly) was over. With a powerful motivation and great spirit to keep on participating in sport, I dusted off my trusty Marin Pine Mountain and started on the road to recovery.

Next time ... read more about my return to fitness and the challenges I have faced.

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Thanks BIGJAMIE

You are an inspiritaional man yourself! Keep that positive attitude and determination

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inspirational

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Yay Steve...great to see your blog published! I'm sure your upcoming story will prove to be an inspiration to many. So proud of you!

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