An introduction to cycling

Almost a month ago, at 11 months old (well, a day off of 11 months), Sebastian went on his first bike ride.

We bought a second-hand Croozer Kid2 as recommended by a fellow cycling parent. Sebastian sat in one seat, and “Cow Cow”, his large Jellycat Cow, sat in the other, both tucked up under a quilt.

Ollie attached the Croozer to his Giant TCR, and off we went on a short trial ride, to coincide with nap time.

Sebastian was so amazed and excited that he fought sleep for half an hour or so, but finally gave in and had a nap for the last few miles of the 10 mile ride.

10 miles, which took us an hour! It was hilly, and a lack of maintenance and cleaning had taken toll on our bikes and Ollie was subjected to a problem that I had experienced earlier in the week; he was unable to change down off of the big ring. Making what was already a challenge, towing a trailer with a small person and cow, even more difficult. He did very well, and I struggled to keep up with them!

Sadly a nasty bug kept us from repeating the experience the following weekend, and then other commitments kept us away from our bikes last weekend. But this weekend we were free and (semi) healthy, so we decided to have another trial ride, this time with me towing.

After some domestic delays (yawn!), we departed for our ride somewhat late, so I made a last minute suggestion that we ride to a local farm cafe for lunch. We stuck a packed lunch in the ‘boot’ (trunk) of the trailer for the little one and headed off on what was supposed to be a 10 mile ride.

The cafe, 5 miles in, was perfectly placed as I was desperate to use the facilities (waaay too cold for the SheWee), but closed on a Sunday. So, sure that we would find a pub if we continued, we carried on, going away from home.

We came across one pub that was closed, then went on and on, until we got to a town. We cycled right through the town, and were about to give up when we saw a tourist sign to a local pub, which we then followed. Frustrating that was the only sign and we didn’t come across a pub. We pulled in, and I had a cake to console myself, whilst hoping that I would soon find some facilities!!!

Ollie checked Google Maps, and some 8 minute ride away was a farm cafe and it was open. So, off we went for a lovely lunch, and a play on their play park. When we got there, we’d done over 13 miles!

Ollie offered to tow home, and it’s lucky he did – a strong headwind meant that it was very difficult cycling to get back and I was exhausted. At one point, going up a hill my Garmin AutoPaused because I was going so slow! If I’d had to tow, we’d either still be going now, or we wouldn’t have made it!

Two naps, two play parks and a large lunch meant that Sebastian enjoyed his second outing despite it being more than double the length it was meant to be (24 miles altogether), and a 4 hour + trip.

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Progress and a special birthday

We completed on our house on Friday, and have since completely wrecked it and ourselves! Today is the first day in a few months where I have felt complete and utter -fall asleep in meetings – exhaustion. And I haven’t even done any training.

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Arriving after 9pm in a loud van, trying to reverse into a tight space…ooops sorry new neighbours!

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Finally, I packed the essentials:

 

 

BUT, who’s bitthday is it?! Well, according to Facebook, its a year since I collected my Ribble; talking of which…it’s about time it comes down from the winch.

 

 

Hello there, have you missed me?

Hello 2016! Hello Cyclists! Hello Loyal Followers!

Are you still there?!?

It’s been a while. Sorry about that.

So much has happened. I turned 30! I finished the taught section of my Masters, 2016 came along and we’re buying a house!

But, not very much training or blogging has happened. In my defence, I am trying to write a Dissertation proposal.

Its just under 16 weeks until Vatternrundan. That’s around 112 days and I am extremely unfit. When should one start to train for something like this? I don’t want to overdo it again.

Talking of which, I don’t know if I have fully recovered from my fatigue. I may still be fatigued, or I may have become lazy, or it might just be that I have lost fitness. I can now do 20 miles without too much trouble, but after that things begin to get a bit tougher – I may just be unfit though.

I’ve become a cyclocommuter – which is about 10 miles a day. Every little helps, but I am planning on doing a little more each week to try to build the fitness back up. I know I should also be doing core fitness but how do you fit it all in!?!

Hopefully it won’t be so long until next time. Being out on the bike will bring inspiration I am sure.

Laura

 

 

A change of branding

I’ve been thinking for a while that I should change the branding of my blog; “Laura Kate cycles London…the trials of a novice cyclist attempting 100 miles..” really isn’t relevant anymore. I’ve not really had the time to do anything about it though – but now I have a reason and it was a fairly simple change too.

We are going to Sweden!!!!!!!

We spent all weekend considering it, and decided that now is the time to do it. It’s going to be a mission, an adventure and extremely hard but hopefully somewhere in there it will be amazing and kind of fun too!

So, we will leave after work, drive to the coast, hop on a ferry – sleep on the ferry for 8 hours, drive for something insane like an entire day, sleep, drive, cycle over night, sleep, drive, ferry…home, work. Work for about 2 weeks and then go to the Alps for some light relief.

At least cycling overnight means that you need one less bed and breakfast!

Better hope these supplements I’m taking help me to recover!

Laura

Taken for a ride

It turns out that the end of the solo season doesn’t mean the end of 2015 cycling all together. Throughout the year we have neglected the tandem; opting to get solo training in instead. So after a week of complete rest it seemed the perfect time to take the tandem out for a spin! It was Ollie’s suggestion and I was under strict instructions to not over do it. It was great fun! We hooted at every road cyclist, much to their dislike!

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A premature end to the summer

It seems to have been windy for months, and rainy for weeks; apparently summer in the UK happened whilst we were visiting mainland Europe. I expect there will be a second summer at some point in September (maybe whilst we are in Canada) but at the moment I am pretty happy with the persistent down-pours.

Why?

Well it seems I have over trained (Under Performance Syndrome) and I can barely motivate myself to get on my bike, and when I do it hurts, everything hurts.

According to the Internet, and my GP, the only way to recover is to rest, do absolutely no exercise, for weeks or maybe months. It’s frustrating, but if it were sunny, it would be a lot worse! I’m really not very good at resting and when the sun comes out ignoring my bike will be very difficult.