In the summer of 2016, Richard was diagnosed with General Anxiety Disorder and Depression, yet 24 months prior to this he was an avid cyclist and would commute the 24 mile round trip to work every day. Richard decided to be part of “Inspire Me” and write 6 weekly updates reporting on his journey to get back to cycling and with the help of friends, family, colleges, his councillor and most importantly his wife he slowly started to get better.
Here’s what Richard said before his training journey; “The one thing I would say to anyone out there is if you are feeling lonely, stressed, depressed or anxious is to seek the help you need. Don’t be afraid you are not alone there are people out there who will help you. Hopefully cycling will help me part of the way to get back to how I want to be and how I know I can be. A happy guy who loves life and his wife and daughter”.
Here’s what Richard said after the 6 weekly updates; “The cycling is getting easier, the distances are getting longer. I’ve done about 50 miles in the last week. Writing this blog for six weeks has helped me immensely. It has helped me with my emotions, my anxiety, my depression. Never forget it’s not about how far you go, it’s the fact you are outside doing it that counts”.