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‘Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving’

(Albert Einstein)

Cycling and Work / Life Balance

Winter is well and truly here and while not having an indoor training device, between working and the shorter days, my cycling is severely affected. My fitness has plummeted, although I am rapidly becoming an Olympic champion at comfort eating; Jealous-ridden at those who have the luxury to cycle through daylight hours and enjoy the…

Acheiving my First Century.

Starting a New Year, I’m not one of those people that set resolutions. However, seeing in the start of 2022, my focus was very much on improving what I had achieved in my cycling adventures from the previous year. I realised that I managed to complete a couple of 100k routes and naturally I thought…

My First Impressions of the Marin Nicasio

Admittedly I am a fairly new cyclist with only a couple of thousand miles under my belt since April 2020. Most of those miles have been achieved with my carbon bike. However, not wanting to ruin this bike having had it serviced, I bought a cheaper and more robust bike for those more arduous journeys.…

Delivering Gifts on Two Wheels

Merry Christmas to you all! I thought I’d post an update before Christmas. This year has been a year for experiencing new things which has been something positive during these difficult times. As a youth worker delivering activities during lockdown in 2020, it was this that gave me the encouragement to get back on a…

Setbacks and Autumn Joy

I’m unsure whether any of you has experienced this but sometimes it feels like life is working against you. Recently, I have been subjected to bit infections, a head cold transferred from work colleagues which started to turn into tonsilitis. Then, work commitments escalated, all preventing me from riding. The frustration mounting knowing the fitness…

Blackpool with a Difference

I realise that I have written at length about the sportives in which I have taken part, this time however I want to provide some insight into some of the routes I have cycled throughout this year. If you are anything like me, the thoughts of Blackpool summon kiss me quick hats, Blackpool rock and…

Building Experience and Sportives

I’ve experienced a lot since posting last, and during these experiences I have also learnt plenty in terms of handling the bike. I have completed two more Sportives with Velo29. Both my experiences have been positive with this organisation and thoroughly enjoyed those experiences. They offer varying degrees of difficulties for each Sportive. The first…

A short Update…

if you have had to spend a significant amount of time away from cycling, you can probably relate. Work has recently took over my life and has diverted me away from my passions and I have found that frustration has set in, the burning desire to get out in the saddle is increasing. The bug…

Mental Health and Cycling

The excitement rises after being closed up indoors working, I feel the open air greeting me while I hear that satisfying clicking sound as I push my foot into the pedal. From that first push I feel the force of the air intensify, lapping around my face. Freedom forces any stresses of the day to…

Completed My First Charity Event

I signed up for The Christie Charity ride from Manchester to Blackpool several months ago. At the time of signing up it seemed such a long way off, but those weeks passed by in flash. Yesterday (Sunday, 04/07/2021), I completed it and enjoyed every moment and it was many firsts for me that contributed towards…

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