October catch up

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Behind schedule at the end of a strategically slower September, I got back on my rocket during October and whizzed through 6 challenges with 63 of you joining me on them. Thank you for making them all such a pleasure to put together and participate in. Loved sharing them with you.
The first of the month was one of my urban touring challenges. 45km cycling between all 11 of the Royal Parks, starting in Greenwich Park and ending in Bushey Park was an awesome way to explore London. Boy are we lucky with our city's parks. Get out into one this weekend and kick some leaves around?
The day after was the Circle Line Relay v.1, with 36 of us taking to the streets in aid of Sported, eXerK’s chosen charity. In relay teams or solo, we ran the 25km clockwise starting and finishing in Paddington, stopping for photos at every one of the circle line stations along the way.
It was such a success, I am hosting another one in aid of Movember this very Sunday. Not too late to join! Organising it alongside Wistla, a cool app I use to share the things I’m up to (follow me!), it's set to be great. More info and sign up are on the eXerK.com event.
Even if you can’t make it, please do give generously to either of these amazing causes: Sported and Movember. I'm about to ramp up my bid for fundraising for Sported in particular for reasons you'll hear about from me in a couple of weeks - get ready to be inspired!

Next on the agenda was a night swim. A miserably cold evening, the thought of getting in the pitch-black water with hundreds of other people with glow sticks tied onto our (safe and pretty) heads, made me question why I was even doing the 52in52. I ended up loving the swim. Standard Annie. The pub was fun afterwards too.
A heart palpitating session at the Lee Valley VeloPark was next. All first timers, we went along to try our hand at a flying lap. Before you know it you’re doing the unthinkable, whizzing around the 45° slope...petrified.
Even though I choose to do this stuff, I get scared pretty easily. I am not an adrenaline junkie. My curious mind encourages me to say yes but I don’t think I breathed once while going around on the sloped corners. It was one of the most exhilarating things I have done this year. Not everyone found it as scary as I did - why not see how you fare? As with all the 52in52, aimed at making movement accessible, you can repeat it, eXerKing yourself by booking onto one of the VeloPark intro classes. Try it!

The next challenge was lighter – hula hooping. The challenge was to do 5 minutes non-stop. Turns out this isn’t too tricky so completed it at the end of a fun class we had (where we tried hulaing 30 hulas in one go). I may re-launch this challenge and go for as long as I can instead.  Just need access to a hula hoop.
The last challenge of the month was a scenic 60km cycle through the Surrey Hills. Hilly to say the least, it was a great country lane route that I recommend.

Head to Completed Challenges to get details of how you can get out and challenge yourself in line with the 52in52.
A great month. Only two more to go, with 9 challenges scattered between them!! Next week, I’ll send out what’s still to come for the 52in52. With only 6 weeks to go until the end of the 31st December, would be great to see you all for at least one more challenge. 

If you're coming to the Circle Line on Sunday, see you there. Still time to join remember. For those of you climbing the stairs to Everest. Keep climbing!