Sport Canterbury’s own Kate O’Neill and her mother Trish Harrington are tackling Tour de Canterbury from the comfort of their living rooms and stationary bikes. Kate encouraged her mother Trish to participate from her home in Masterton, and join the event as an opportunity to exercise “together” during this time of separation from extended family.
“For me personally, it keeps me sane.” O’Neill says. “I’m used to being able to go train and exercise every day of the week, but getting out and being able to get the blood flowing has certainly been a positive thing for me.”
Kate, who is a keen Muay Thai kickboxer, is taking this event as an opportunity to stay fit during her hiatus from training and fighting in the ring. Kate has entered the Tour de Canterbury with a goal to do 20 kilometres a day on her stationary bike and, so far, has logged over 350 kilometres in the month of April alone.
Kate is tracking her progress against dozens of others using Strava, a social-fitness app which accumulates and tracks progress made and posts results to a virtual map. You can then track your progress against others; Kate uses this platform to keep up with her mother Trish.
Sign up before Thursday May 14 – Walk, Run or Bike, Do whatever you like!
Tour de Canterbury is a virtual event encouraging people to walk/run and bike to accumulate kms. They submit them on a public leaderboard, which then records results and moves their race bib number across a map of the Canterbury region. Two courses – 250km (navigating the city, Selwyn District and North Canterbury) and 1100km (the equivalent of Twizel to Kaikoura and back).
Put on your red and black, get active together, and challenge your friends and whanau.
Brought to you by the Sport Canterbury Events team, in partnership with We Are Canterbury.