I’ve had a lot of coaching sessions over the years as I’ve learned to ride. I’m not someone for whom mountain biking came particularly naturally. I’m cautious, nervous about injuring myself, and find it hard to push myself too far out of my comfort zone.
Easter weekend. Four blissful days off, and the perfect time to head off for a mountain biking adventure. And of course eat a whole lot of chocolate!
Bank holiday weekends are also always a gamble; it’s probably going to rain in the UK at some point over the weekend everywhere, so can you get a lucky break and find a part of the UK with less rain than the rest? Some careful consideration of the long range weather forecast later, and we decided to head to Peebles.
Over the last few weeks I’ve been testing the new Cloudburst Women’s Cycling Jacket by Flare for Total Women’s Cycling. Do I like it? In short – YES! The cut and fit is among the best I’ve encountered when it comes to cycling jackets for women, and I it manages to look different and distinctive without looking too lairy. I’ve been happily wearing it about town walking and cycling as well as on the trail.
I can’t quite believe how quickly the last 3 weeks have flown by. One minute, it’s the beginning of March, and the next thing you know it’s nearly the end. I’ve been a bad blogger and not put anything up for ages now, but on the upside it’s because I’ve been doing lots of stuff. And which is better: writing about doing stuff, or actually doing it?
This week, due to having the builders in, I had to relocate to my friend’s house in Bristol. This was great in lots of ways; it’s nice to hang out with her, I like spending time with her, her house is a lot closer to my work at Bristol University, and frankly Bristol is a pretty cool city.
Way back in November 2014, I spotted a tweet from BikeBiz, the UK cycling industry publication. They were planning on putting together a list of the most influential women in cycling, and were asking for nominations.
I popped along to The London Bike Show on Thursday (opening day) to scope out the goodies, meet up with my friends in the cycling world, and attend the Total Women’s Cycling Awards. I’ll pop something up on the TWC Awards later (suffice it to say it drew a huge crowd and was a roaring success) but I thought if you were wavering on the edge of popping along to the London Bike Show, you might wanna know what’s there, especially from a women’s cycling perspective.
A few weeks ago, at the end of January, I took part in Science Show-off. This is a fun event that’s sort of like a cross between stand up comedy and science. Basically, stand-up science. You get about 8 acts, each about 9 minutes long, covering anything and everything in science with an informal and ideally funny slant.
The other week I mentioned I was going to try and start cycling in to work this year. Well, on Monday I made my first attempt and yes, I made it in the whole way!
It’s around 27 miles, which is a distance I do fairly often but not yet regularly enough. However, this route is a bit hillier than my usual bimble around the Somerset levels, plus I had two laden pannier bags. I also decided to to take my time and not rush as I wasn’t sure of the route, and I didn’t want to completely knacker myself for a days work afterwards.