Me and Cycling: A Potted History

Me and Cycling: A Potted History

Cycling and I have always have a love hate relationship, ever since annihilating my spleen as an overly keen and tremendously unskilled mountain biking teen...but boy was that sky blue GT LTS a dream machine! Funnily enough, since then, it has not been full time hobby.

As I was entering my mid to late twenties I suffered something of a quarter life crisis and decided that I needed to quit smoking and get fit again, cycling seemed like the ideal way to help me on this quest. It happened to coincide with my dad wanting to shape up a bit as well. Two birds with one stone, more father son time and some fresh air.

Our aims are simple, get fit and try to enjoy it at the same time. Finding the time to fit it in between two busy work schedules (and the wonderful weather) is proving pretty difficult and it has gone from being a weekly ride last summer to a handful of rides over the last few months. To combat this lack of enthusiasm I have signed us up for the Gran Fondo Conwy in April. We are still yet to get out but at least we have some to aim at! For those casual cyclists out there who have not yet been brave enough to enter an organised ride, it is something I cannot recommend it highly enough. Yes, I know you can ride the same route any time you like without paying for it but the sense of camaraderie between fellow cyclists and the experience to be gained is brilliant.

I “competed” in my first event last September, Tour de Mon, in Anglesey. I learnt two very valuable lessons that day. One, never ever forget your drinks because cramp halfway up a hill is incredibly painful and demoralising. And two, just because it is called a Flying Mile doesn’t mean you have to try and beat every single person around you! I think the second contributed quite heavily to the first point. This is where I fell in love with cycling all over again though, looking back over towards Snowdonia in all its beauty, panting and cramping, a complete stranger stopped during their own timed ride to make sure I was ok and to offer me their drink and a few kind words. It was all I needed to bust out those last few miles and cross the line with a beaming grin. The first of many I hope, and not just because I won (got given) this amazing medal (coaster)!!!

I have also managed to enter the Great North Swim in June, but that is another story for another time. The Swimming Bug anyone?? Anyway, the aims for the year are to get fitter, enter more events and win more medals! Whilst smiling and making many more friends on wheels...

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Thanks Lauren, I certainly will!

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Good luck with your aims for the year! Keep us posted on how you get on :)

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