Shake It Up Hero – Katie

KatieHannanBlogNot long ago, we featured cyclist Katie Hannan pre her Everest cycling challenge. This week, we feature Katie again, in a special follow up edition of our Shake It Up Hero series.

On April 11, 2015, Katie set off to attempt her version of a ‘cycling Everest’. She describes her journey, fundraising tips and how it took everything she had in her to complete the challenge.

1. What or who inspired you to Shake It Up?

My number one man, my Dad, has Parkinson’s Disease. He is my motivation to spread the word about how how great exercise, especially cycling, is for people with Parkinson’s Disease.

2. How did you shake things up for a cure?

On April the 11th I challenged myself to attempt to “Everest” a hill on my bicycle. Everesting is a cycling challenge where you pick a hill climb and you ride up and down it as many times as it takes so that you’ve ridden 8848 vertical metres, the equivalent elevation of Mt Everest.

I spent 11 hours and 54 minutes on my bike, rode 196.9 km with 5,359 vertical metres of elevation. It turns out that I rode up and down Wilpena St 86 times. You can see more on my ride here>

3. What was your biggest challenge?

Keeping the motivation going when I was exhausted and didn’t want to do it anymore.

4. Do you have any training tips to keep people motivated?

Get plenty of sleep, eat whole foods and don’t over train.

5. Do you have any advice for people looking to Shake It Up?

If you’re doing an endurance event and you have a chance to clean your teeth whilst on the event, do it, it’ll make you feel like a new person!

If you are up for a challenge, why not consider Shaking It Up yourself and create or participate in your own fundraising challenge>