Tuesday, 17 June 2014

All about cycling...

So,  for the last few months (and maybe a couple more) I have embraced the bicycle!

My Husband commutes to work each day. He has done this for the last six years and he shows no sign of stopping. His mileage per day is 34 miles, 5 days a week. thats a lot of cycling.

After the realisation that this was not a "man phase" and that he was in this for the long haul...I decided to embrace it myself and see what all the fuss was about. 
I was used to spinning at the gym and had been taking these classes for the last 5 years or so. I have done the National Three Peaks, ran some races and kept myself relatively fit and healthy but wanted a new challenge.

I first went out riding with Paul at the start of the winter 2012 on a man's hybrid with a man's seat. Of course, I thought all bikes were like that so I made the most of it and used it to go out as regularly as I could. I was then invited out for a bike ride with my friend who had been cycling about two years. I loved it. We ventured up some hills for the first time...and again, I loved it and started to take it more seriously.

A few months ago, I was given first refusal to buy her road bike because she was upgrading to a carbon fibre model. I jumped at the chance and now I'm unstoppable!
I love cycling and its now a big part of my life.
I recently joined Strava too which is encouraging me to achieve goals and join challenges. I am cycling up to 70 miles in one sitting now along with some shorter distances and hill training for training purposes. 
I have signed up for a Sportive event which is on Saturday 28th June. It's an 87 mile radius. This will be my biggest distance yet but I am looking forward to the challenge.

So, all in all...my time has been taken up with family, work, cycling and the odd hand made item here and there.

I have to say, that while I have been embarking on this lifestyle, I have seen some of the most beautiful parts of my local countryside that I had no idea were right on my door step. We are surrounded by the beautiful Lincolnshire Wolds, the perfect place for cycling. In my opinion of course :-)

Cycling has opened my mind to my surroundings and nature and It's the time I can forget my worries and let go. i love all there is about it. My only wish is that I had discovered the beauty this sport earlier.

Poppies on a misty morning. my biggest ride...67 miles.

One of my favourite routes...peaceful and quiet...far from traffic noise.

My town in the near distance...hosting the most beautiful rainbow, which cannot be seen very well here.

One of our rides out together...Hubbs and Me!

Sun shining on my face after a good session of hill repeats. Wonderful!

My fellow cycling friend, whom I have known for some years now. She's  an amazing person and I am so grateful to her for introducing me to women's cycling.

Patchwork countryside

My wonderful cycling companion and Husband. I now understand why he loves it so much.


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