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.
From next week, I’m going to start commuting to work.
Well, that’s the plan anyway. In some ways this shouldn’t be such a big deal, as I’ve commuted to work for various jobs regularly over the last 6 years. What’s different is that I now live in Weston-Super-Mare, and I work in Bristol, so that’s going to be quite a commute. I’m estimating about 25 miles. It’s going to take some commitment.
Nutrition for cycling is big business, with millions of pounds spent on gels, powders and tablets every year, and thousands of articles written on what you should and shouldn’t eat when training, riding and racing.
The thing is, although guidelines are great start point, it’s usually a pretty personal thing. What cycling nutrition to go for depends a lot on what you are trying to achieve, and also what you like and what agrees with your body. This, by the way, is one of the reasons I’m a big fan of going for some personal training if you are preparing for a specific event.