Originally, I thought it would be the other way around: people would sponsor me and hearing about me making a fool of myself would inspire them to give generously of their hard earned cash.
However, thus far my spending has included:
- 1 gym membership (more of that later)
- 1 wetsuit
- 1 pair of trainers
- Various items of clothing
- 1 fluorescent vest
- A set of cat eye bike lights
- A bike pump
- Several water bottles in various sizes - one for running, two normal, and one to fit in my bottle holder on my bike (that I have already lost)
- A hotel room for 2 nights near Blenheim
The main expenditure that has caused me think though, has been the gym membership. Fortunately, my boyfriend's brother has recently found himself a job as a membership salesperson and trainer type at a local gym. One of the benefits of this is that I can benefit from a 'friends and family' rate. Therefore, I have unlimited swimming and exercise classes for the very reasonable sum of £10 a month. While I know this is very little, it is a lot more than the nothing I had thought it would cost me... ten times more I suppose, or even a thousand times? I'm not sure. Maths is not my strong suit.
Yesterday I went swimming. For free. Well, sort of for free. Swimming is included in my membership. Unless I do anything else at the gym this month that 1000m swim will actually have cost me £10. That's, what, £1 per 100m? Anyway, this swim made me ravenously hungry (but did show that I should be able to complete the 400m swim in less than 20 minutes without stopping by June). So, as I have 'nothing in', I had to go to the supermarket to get my dinner. More money. And as I was hungry I bought several things I didn't need.
Therefore, Sunday's swim has cost me £22.83 in total, unless I go again this month, when the relative cost will decrease. Although, as I say, Maths is not something about which I really know.
If there is a point of today's inane babble it is simply this: I cannot continue to spend. I must get down to the act of asking people for money. This is something I hate doing. I really do. It makes me uncomfortable to talk about money most of the time.
I hope though this tells you that my training has begun in earnest. I am rushing this update somewhat as I have to get to the gym, and I am going to the driving range afterwards. Despite the cost, I am getting serious. I am determined to do this thing, and I hope that my spending proves to you my dedication to the cause!
It also tells you, that if you haven't sponsored me yet, despite these times of austerity, you are a bad person... Unless you are reading this for the first time. In which case hello! Please sponsor me. I am a nice lady.
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