Come spring time I’ll be saddling up in one of those three-wheeled pedal-powered vehicles they call a rickshaw. I’ll be raising money for Special Olympics Great Britain by trying to pick up 2,012 passengers in celebration of the London 2012 Olympic Games. I’ll also be trying my darnedest to have a bit of an adventure as well.
And maybe I could break a World Record at the same time…
The current record for cycling a rickshaw stands somewhere around 900 miles and was only set last year. That seems like an attainable target if I were motivated to do so. But am I?
The aim of the trip is to promote Special Olympics GB, explore the country a bit and have some fun. I’m not doing it to clock up miles, break records or prove anything. Why bother with the pressure, hard work and distraction from core business?
But then again… why not?
If it means I can put “World Record Holder” on my website, get my name in that Guinness book and open a few more doors when it comes to getting a future expedition funded or an article in the paper, then where’s the harm?
It’s not really what I want to do but then I know I can be a bit of stickler for sticking to petty principles unnecessarily. Is this a harmless step to boost my profile and help with “the business”? Or am I diluting and clutching at a meaningless trophy?
These questions aren’t rhetorical. I want your answers. Vote in the poll and leave your comments below. Let me know what you think!
(PS I am acutely aware that it sounds like I’m taking my ability to ride one thousand miles in a rickshaw for granted – I’m not! – this is just the decision process…)