Paul’s
story

Meet Paul from Derby, UK who will be taking part in the London to Paris Ride 2019 to help raise vital funds for Myeloma UK.

“I was first introduced to Myeloma UK on the day that I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, at the end of July 2017. The information I received on that day set the tone for my approach to my treatment. It provided easy to understand explanations of the range of treatments that I experienced and a structure for the journey that was just about to start, both of which, for me, was essential to building and maintaining a positive attitude towards it all.

Exercise was at the core of my recovery from the stem cell transplant, not least because it was linked to building strength in my arm which broke in early July 2017 and was the trigger for the myeloma diagnosis. After a year or so of progressive improvement, I reached a plateau in the second half of 2018 and with that, my motivation also waned. The London to Paris ride was the perfect opportunity to give me something new to focus on, to further build my fitness and in doing so support a magnificent cause. How could I refuse?

My son, James, is a GB age group triathlete and 4th-year medical student so, as you’d expect, he leapt at the opportunity to help me develop from a ‘5 km each way commuter’ cyclist to someone capable of cycling 500 km over 4 days. He describes this as using “the best of sports science to help along the way”. I’ve branded this as my 5-to-500 journey (which is also the name of my first blog, https://www.5to500.bike). As for training, I’ve been given a day-by-day plan which gradually builds up a combination of ‘distance focus’ rides and ‘consecutive day focus’ rides over weekends, with regular ‘recovery weeks’ where, apparently, the real improvement happens. I need to fit this around work, so the best I can usually achieve in the evening is a long commute home.

Everyone will have their own reasons for wanting to do something like this. It might include a desire to ‘give something back’ to Myeloma UK for the great work they have done and continue to do for myeloma patients, their friends and families. A London to Paris ride might be on your ‘bucket list’ and the support on the Myeloma UK ride is second to none. You might, like me, want a challenging goal to aim for, to build or maintain fitness, and The Ride does this brilliantly, and of course for a great cause. What’s not to like?”

You can help Paul Mellor raise money for Myeloma UK by donating directly to his fundraising page – www.justgiving.com/fundraising/paul-mellor10

You can also keep updated by visiting Paul’s blog www.5to500.bike

JustGiving sends your donation straight to Myeloma UK and automatically reclaims Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer, so your donation is worth even more. Thank you for your support!

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