The appeal of a challenge

September 29, 2015

Jing Huang competes in Fitz's ChallengeWhat is it that appeals to someone about a challenge?

Is it something unique to an individual, an engrained cognitive process that you can’t teach, or something that can be ignited through the actions of others almost like an emotional trigger?

At age 14, Jing Huang was diagnosed with bone cancer. Now an above knee amputee, she is about to attempt Fitz’s Challenge for the third time – by riding the 210 km Fitz’s Epic on Sunday 25 October 2015.

“I did my first Fitz’s many years ago when I first took up cycling – rode on the back of a tandem in the 50 km Tidbinbilla Challenge,” said Jing.

“As I became a regular and avid single-bike rider, the event was just something that any Canberra cyclist should do – such an iconic annual event – so last year I did the 165 km Fitz’s Classic.”

“I’m completely scared about what the 210 km will bring but at the same time excited. I want to be able to say that I’m a part of the Fitz’s 210 km club along with my buddies,” continued Jing.

Fitz’s Challenge is renowned for requiring an equal amount of physical and mental energy to complete, but Jing believes the anguish is worth it in the end.

“You can’t really know what to expect until you do it. It’s definitely not something you should take lightly of. I knew I was in for a hard time last year but that made the finish all the sweeter.”

Registrations for Fitz’s Challenge are open, and there are five distance options a participant can choose to ride – 50 km Tidbinbilla Challenge, 105 km Tharwa Challenge, 165 km Fitz’s Classic, 210 km Fitz’s Epic and the 255 km Fitz’s Extreme.

Each participant can also choose to raise funds for The Kids’ Cancer Project by creating a hero page.

Jing will be there on the day, challenging herself with her cycling friends, who are challenging themselves.

Does the challenge appeal to you?