David McCracken by the Forth Rd bridge

David writes:

Early in July I was on a family holiday in Florida, so my official training schedule took a bit of a backseat (aha, tandem! Now there’s a thought!) although I managed a few spin classes, USA style. Very motivating and a whole different ‘spin’ on things – pardon the pun!

At Universal studios my son Matthew discovered rollercoasters and wanted to go on them morning noon and night. By the time we finished it was wearing a bit thin, if I’m honest. Although I kept him company, I went on every one pretending I was enjoying myself. My wife was chief bag holder as she – sensible woman – absolutely refused to go anywhere near a rollercoaster.

The gym I discovered was incredible. It was so clean and shiny you could eat your dinner off the floor. There were fish tanks, large windows and lots of stainless steel. I think the word I’d use to sum it up is “shiny”. It was located in a hospital but welcomed all comers, charging $10 for a day pass. I can safely say I’ve never seen a gym like it in my life.

I did a spin class on 4 July where they went all out to celebrate with American music and red, white and blue decorations. It was run by an amazing guy who must be 75 if he’s a day and as fit as a fiddle. Hope I’m like that when I’m his age!

Back home

Once I got back, training was going really well;  I’d tried out some new routes and achieved some personal bests, but a bout of food poisoning took its toll and I wasn’t able to train for a while. However, I’m back on track again now and planning to take part in the Two Bridges cycle run on Sunday 6 August. It’s a 38 mile circular route that takes in the spectacular Forth Road Bridge.

As the date of Pedal for Scotland approaches – next month – I’m keeping focused and I’m really grateful for all your support.

David McCracken
Author: David McCracken, operations manager

If you want to sponsor me in my cycling for Samaritans, please go to my Justgiving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/David-McCracken4


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