Finding My Cycling Legs

21 July



Cycling is something I’ve always enjoyed but I seem to have reached another level with it recently. I used to cycle once in a while with hiking being my main outdoor exercise but since injuring my knee earlier in the year I’ve picked up cycling more because I was using it as a recovery exercise. 

Now my knee is better and I’m absolutely loving cycling. I’m commuting at least once a week (we are lucky to have showers at work!) and am getting up the mileage at the weekend. I have a mountain bike so I can do a bit of off road too which I’ll do with Pete and on the roads I’m happy by myself or with a group so I’m loving the versatility that it can be enjoyed with others but I can escape by myself when I want as well.

 
I try and stick to the quieter roads, especially if I’m on my own and live quite close to some beautiful countryside. The countryside has the added advantage of some great pubs as a stop off too! We recently headed to Kingsbury Water Park as well where we found an off track trail round the back of the park which was very pretty and fun to ride.

 

I use Strava to track my rides and love seeing the progress I’m making. I’m by no means a speedy cyclist but I’m getting better with the more I do. I’m feeling stronger too and it’s really giving me that motivation to keep going feeling the improvements. I’ve been doing yoga alongside the cycling too which compliments it so well.




I saw a poster for a cycling event whilst out for a meal and looked more into it and decided to sign up. It was for the Myton Hospice and you can choose a route level suitable for your abilities. I chose the 50k cycle as it’s enough that it is a challenge for me to do but with a bit of training, not impossible. It’s such a worthy cause as well and when I mentioned it to my father-in-law and brother-in-law they decided to join me as they both love their cycling and the charity is one very close for my brother-in-law who has a message to share:

Team John will be cycling 50k on the 4th August to raise money for Myton Hospices in memory of my dear Grandad, John Rose.

John fought a short battle with cancer and unfortunately passed away on October 26th 2012 aged 66. A very brave man who despite having such an awful illness, carried on doing the things he loved until the very end.

The name ‘Team John’ has been influenced through my Grandad’s will and determination to beat cancer, and I’m sure together, we can contribute to helping Myton Hospices continue their amazing work.

Team John 💙🚴🏻‍♀🚴🏻‍♂🚴🏻‍♂️

So what started out to be a bit of an interesting challenge has become really important and if you’d like to make a donation I will leave the link below to our fundraising page. Any amount, no matter how big or small is much appreciated. If everybody who read this donated a £1 we would more than double what we’ve raised so far so it proves that even small donations are important and appreciated :)





50k (around 31miles) sounds so daunting to me but I’ve been out training and will continue to do so for the event. I was up to about 28 miles last weekend and I’d like to get to about 35 before the event to try and be able to complete it comfortably and enjoy my first cycling event. I’ll keep you posted on progress!




Even after the event we’d like to keep on top of cycling, it’s so enjoyable and love feeling healthier for it as well. British Cycling have a One in a Million campaign at the moment to encourage more females to become regular cyclists and I’m now counting myself as one of those million! I know plenty of roads but I’d love to find more places to do trails. We have a car rack so can drive to places with the bikes so if you have any recommendations I’d love to hear them. 

Dawn 🚴🏻‍♀️

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