This blog is usually about matters e-learning as that is what I do for a living and the main purpose of this website is to promote my business. However, I work to live rather than live to work so this time I have decided to write about something else.
It still includes a shameless plug, though!
When my dad was in his forties and I was still a youngster he woke up in the middle of the night with chest pains. I was in the bedroom next door and I well remember the sounds coming through the door. His laboured breathing and panicked voice; mum running down the stairs to the telephone in the hallway; her side of the conversation with the emergency services. Then a little later, the blue lights sweeping through the curtains in my room and across the walls. Mum runs downstairs again to open the front door. Now there are strange new voices and heavier steps on the stairs. These are reassuring voices going to work to help dad, get him to hospital in time to save him.
When he recovered there were a few changes in our family life. Dad’s (and our) diets had changed a bit. For some reason this now included cottage cheese and natural yogurt. We also started cycling. As kids we had always ridden bikes (or trikes as in the picture at the top) but now dad, under the direction of his doctor who told him he should take more exercise, joined in. So cycling came a big part of our family life, heading out in convoy most Sunday afternoons. Dad would also start cycling to work, a twenty plus mile round trip, and we would occasionally ride out to meet him on his way home at the end of the day.
These days I am still very keen cyclist, a member of a couple of cycling clubs, and a modest time triallist. It was a close run thing, though. Dad’s other choice of activity had been golf. On the whole I think he made the right decision.
So, here is the shameless plug bit.
On July 31st I will be taking part in the Prudential Ride London event for the British Heart Foundation. It’s a 100 mile cycle ride out of London and back. Heart disease affected my dad. It has affected the lives of other people close to me and it will have an impact on many other people’s lives.
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