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Epic Bike, John O'Groats to Land's End World Record Attempt, 2015

This one didn’t exactly go according to plan. If my first endurance challenge had shown me the thrill of success, my second taught me – among other things – that failure isn’t fatal. It isn’t even necessarily failure, with the perspective of a bigger picture. No-one goes through life without facing difficult times, without feeling overwhelmed and outfaced.

Through gritted teeth, I gave this attempt everything I had but no matter how deep I dug, I could not go on. Unable to stop being sick, I finally passed out at the side of the road. I am human. There’s no escaping the fact that it was one of the lowest, loneliest points of my life. But I have now come to view it as a lesson, rather than a failure. You only fail when you don’t get back up and try again.

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