Guidelines and Goals

After weeks of cycling solo, the government guidelines have changed and with the change, I’ve found a new motivation to clock up those miles. My goal? To cycle 300km this week with friends whilst keeping within the slightly more relaxed Covid exercise guidelines.

My first cycle of the week, was a 50km round trip in lovely sunshine with a friend. Mindful, relaxing and so lovely. Sitting uncomfortably in a field, two metres apart, for our ‘coffee’ stop, it was evident, it doesn’t really matter where you are, it is the people you are with who make it special.

Tuesday, I clocked up another 100km with a friend who we often refer to as Tigger because of his endless energy. Thrilled that I could keep up with him for much of the 100km and thrilled to have great company along the route.

A day to recover, then a cycle to and from The Jolly Nice to meet another friend. A wonderful route through Cotswold villages while we chatted. Only a slight easing of the restrictions on meeting people outside our own household but such a huge impact it has had on me to be able to meet up with friends again.

And finally for this week, to take me over my 300km goal, a 60km cycle with John in the late afternoon sunshine.

Clearly, there is much more to cycling than simply riding a bike! Thank you to all you wonderful people who helped me reach my goal and made this week so much fun.

Still Pedalling

Despite the inevitable postponement of The Raid Alpine Challenge, cycling has still kept us Cyclopaths busy this year.

This year, between us, we have:

Cycled 15,306k

Climbed 151,629 metres (17 times the height of Everest)

Spent 717 hours in the saddle

(Don’t underestimate the pain & discomfort!)

Cycled on 325 occasions

Cycled in rain, hail, Fog, wind, Floods, sunshine and under rainbows!

Cycled at Home and Abroad

Cycled with friends

And more recently, Cycled alone

Challenge or no challenge, we are fitter than we have ever been!

Long Overdue

It’s been a long time since I last posted. This blog black hole has been mainly because it was recently confirmed that The Raid Alpine challenge has sadly been postponed and won’t happen this year.

Given that the majority (in fact, possibly all) of my blogs have been about training for this challenge, there seemed little to write about.

On reflection, there is LOTS AND LOTS to write about, I just struggled to find the motivation amidst my disappointment.

Because of the Coronavirus lockdown, much of my recent cycling had been alone. This is nowhere near as much fun as cycling with friends and surely cannot be anywhere near as much fun to read about.

So many people have asked about my training and my plans now the challenge is postponed and have asked me to keep them updated.

So many people are facing terrible hardships as a result of the Coronavirus and subsequent lockdown that it seems insensitive for me to moan about not being able to do a cycle challenge.

I’m generally not a ‘moaner’ and a little ‘normality’ during such surreal times, would be welcomed by me and hopefully by others too.

So I’m back at the blog…..Watch this space……….