Monday, 26 April 2010

Training Sunday 25th April

Assalamu Alaikum,

This session was by far my most challenging one! We headed out towards Rugby and identified a nice sizeable hill. The objective of the session was to get some serious hill practice in. Travelling on a straight road isnt a major problem buut tackling hills is and for someone like me who is a non cyclist its a challenge in itself! After discussions with the group we decided that we would pratice on this hill. We ended up doing around 18 rounds of going to the top and then back down again...I was pretty much exhausted by the end of it but alhamdullilah felt good and hopefully makes the prospect of tackling hills a little less daunting.

The next training milestone will be to do a long distance ride around 60 -70 miles to see how we all cope as a group.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Training...the story so far

Assalamu Alaikum!

After deciding I wanted to take part in the challenge I needed to get myself some proper kit. Although I did have a mountain bike I had not cycled for the best part of two years and even when I did ride it was only a mile to work so nothing major.

I put my mountain bike up for sale and and it went within a few days alhamdullilah. I went out and purchased a more suitable bike...a Carrera Virtuosso...see pic-->

This bike is a lot lighter and definately made going up hills easier! We have done four weekends including the one one just gone:

  1. Week 1 - Leamington - 16 mile round trip but with one big hill on route!

  2. Week 2 Leamington /Warwick around 20 miles - I managed to hit some good speed going down a hill so that was good fun!

  3. This was a long ride we did about 40-41 miles in total. Everything was going ok until I got back into Coventry where I was about half a mile from home and I got a cramp in my leg...Ouch! I had to jump off quickly and wait for the muscle to relax before jumping on and cycling slowly home! Alhamdullilah its all conditioning!!!

  4. Week 4 - Rugby 26 miles - This was a nice ride though many hills

  5. Week 5 in the next update this space


Assalamu Alaikum,

Just a quick update on the training sessions we are holding:

Weekend just gone (Sun 11th April) we cycled over to Rugby. Round trip of 26 miles, though it had a number of hills along the way so was a good hill workout!

It took us 50 minutes to get near the centre. We found a nice little park where we sat and refuelled up with snickers and some water! After a five minute break we jumped back on and aimed to beat the 50 minutes time to get back and alhamdullilah we made it back in about 40 legs definately felt that!!

Inshallah next week will be a longer ride and over both Saturday and Sunday. If anyone fancies tagging along just shout out!

Intro to the challenge!

Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh,

Inshallah this email finds you in the best of health and highest imaan.

I am inshallah going to be taking part in a charity cycle ride which involves cycling some 500KM from Edinburgh to Coventry in June. For a non cyclist this is a mountain of a task to undertake but inshallah one which I hope to accomplish with the help of Allah (SWT)! The objective of this ride is to raise money for Islamic Academy of Coventry ( for details please visit ) so all monies raised will be used to support the academy. This academy is the first of its kind in Coventry and is a much needed learning institute aimed at teaching and supporting the community of Coventry as well as a youth club to cater for youngsters/teenagers.

The plug!: I would like to ask all brothers and sisters if they would kindly sponsor me for this ride. If you are working and have the means then please consider sponsoring me 10 pence for every mile I do (its 312 miles (500KM) so the maximum amount sponsored would be £31.20. I need to raise at least £1,000 and if I can get at least 34 people to sponsor me at 10p per mile then inshallah I can achieve this target!

I will have to pay my own expenses like the bike, B&B accommodation, food etc so your sponsorship would benefit the academy 100% and if you are a tax payer then your contribution can go that little further through Gift Aid. As you are well aware this sponsorship will benefit the academy but it will also benefit your hereafter for each person that learns/ benefits from the academy then you have a share in that inshallah.

I really hope that you will find it possible to sponsor me and put your name down on the list of sponsors. Please email me back to let me know so I can update the pledge form - I don't need to collect any money until after the ride in June (assuming get back!!!).

If you need any further information or would like to help in raising sponsorship please let me know.

Jazakallah Khair