A New Reality – Lockdown Wk1 Day 5

Today was much like yesterday, but without a cream team, or a round of applause for the NHS.  However, the health workers and support staff were reporting back today just how touched they were that their sacrifices were so appreciated by the population as a whole.  Even royalty and the PM & Chancellor joined in with the applause.
The NHS will certainly be earning our praise over the next few weeks, as the death toll from this indiscriminate virus rises daily, and it seems inevitable that we will be practicing social distancing in one form or another for considerably longer than the initial 3 weeks set in place.

A New Reality – Cycling amid a global pandemic

Everything's changed now! In just 3 weeks, the way the world works has changed beyond recognition. To be fair, we missed the first signs in Wuhan in China at the end of December 2019.... Ok, ok, so why the CV-19 history lesson? Well, this now affects every part of our lives.  Almost every sporting event or leisure adventure around the world has been cancelled....

Winter Solstice Overnight 2019

December 22nd is notable in my calendar for two reasons.  First, it's my daughter Abi's birthday.  Who knew 31 years ago that I would be doing the other notable thing, an overnight bike ride on the shortest day of the year and on a night where there were weather warnings galore?

Mindset – what happens when you change your perspective

Being a long distance cyclist was accepting that it was all I could become. Yes I could cycle a long way, and I loved to do this, but I felt I was deluding myself if I thought I could ever be even slightly competitive as a cyclist. Completing a long distance event in time, let alone a good time, was something that more capable & usually younger women did, not me. I would enter, because I liked the idea of a particular ride, and my aim was simply to complete it, hopefully in time. So what’s change my perspective?

Sport & Mental Health Benefits – it’s not a myth

There is significant evidence that there is a link between physical activity and improved mental health and wellbeing. The Royal College of Psychiatrists recognise exercise as a treatment for a wide range of mental health conditions. I believe it's no accident that mental health charities benefit so well from charity runs and cycle rides. Running and cycling are so inclusive, and participants come in all shapes, sizes and abilities. In these worlds there genuinely is something for everyone.

The road to PBP – 400k qualifier and a change of fortunes

Despite having a lovely, but shorter ride in Wales, and knowing I had made the right decision to quite, the old feelings of doubt became to surface.
What if I really am just not good enough? What if just getting there is always going to be this hard? Maybe I really should just give up this dream and go touring instead?
But I had put so much effort in already, and a fair bit of money. I didn’t want to give up just yet....

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