Simon Swaps Frisbees for Ultimate Cycling Adventure
|Author: Dan Brett||Published: 13th May 2012 19:55|
By Dan Brett
After being made redundant, most head straight to the Job Centre.
But British Ultimate Frisbee hotshot, Simon Weeks, has decided to scrap employment, to complete a 4,500km bike ride - to Istanbul.
He will leave tomorrow, making his long trek to the Turkish capital, where he hopes to spend a few days chilling before returning on July 25.
Simon, 35, was brought up in Shephards Close, Fareham, and attended St Vincent College in Gosport, where he found his love for Ultimate.
He has been living in Manchester for the past few years, working while training to compete with the Great Britain Ultimate Frisbee team.
However, his plans of travelling to the next tournament in Japan were cut short after being made redundant by his employers, Wincanton.
For Simon, this was an excellent opportunity to try something new.
He said: "When I heard I was going to be made redundant it was last February - when I was just about to gear up to go to the tournament in Japan.
"This made my decision a lot easier - but it's still a real combination of excitement and trepidation."
Encouragement was no issue for Simon, however, he highlighted that his mother was a little bemused by the idea.
He added: "I've received a lot of support so far - especially from keen cyclists, who have told me that I'm really going to struggle. That's always handy.
"My mother did ask me why I just didn't go out and get another job, but this is a massive opportunity for me - I'm really looking forward to it."
However, this trip will be a long and tough task for Simon - who has only had time to fit in two practice sessions before he sets off tomorrow morning.
And he knows just how tough the challenge will be, taking him from his comfort zone into a world of pain.
He said: "Cycling 4,500km over the next ten weeks is going to be very tough when you consider that when I used to go to and from work.
"The distance I travelled was nearer five and a half miles - so it's definitely daunting.
"I think it's going to be one of those situations where you just have to take it one day at a time.
"But I've had a lot of help in choosing equipment that will help make the trip a lot more comfortable - all of my work mates kept telling me to be careful of getting a sore backside."
You can track Simon's progress over the next ten weeks here, as we keep in touch with his incredible efforts.