Since this is a cycling blog, after yesterday' distractions in watching how my local community were keeping themselves entertained during the lockdown, I am returning to the subject of exercise with a focus on cycling in particular.... The Government has decided that during this lockdown, they still want the country to be able to get some exercise outside - hurrah!. But, we are restricted in how we can do this..... But what does this mean in practice?
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....
Taking a glance at my book collection, it's not hard to understand why I feel compelled to travel all over the world with my bike. My reading material transports me to far flung places, and it's usually around this time of year, when the evenings are dark that I bury my nose deep into the next epic cycling adventure.
As it’s a new year, and a new decade, its likely that a you’ve been looking ahead and setting goals. Last year I set myself a goal to cycle 6000 miles by the end of the year. It was a target I missed the year before but would be my highest annual mileage ridden. I like to set an annual mileage goal as it helps me to commit to getting out regularly. This in turn helps me achieve some of my other goals around keeping fit and healthy, riding long distances and encouraging others to ride.
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?