July 26, 2011

I said I’d do WHAT?

Filed under: Cycletta — by carolspage @ 22:48
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Last week I found myself on a bicycle for the first time in 40 years…yes, that’s 40….4-0….forty years.

You see, I quite unexpectedly committed to taking part in a cycling event.  It’s called Cycletta and it’s new – its aim is to get more women in the UK into cycling and, for me at least, it’s worked.  I’m not entirely sure how….

I have vague memories of the fundraisers at St Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice (where I work) saying it was too bad that they couldn’t do it as a relay team because it looked such a good event. I also remember hearing a voice pipe up and say “I’ll do it – the whole thing!”

I thought – wow! Now there’s someone with ambition!

And then I realised that the voice had actually been mine…

Why did I say it?

I don’t have a clue.  The last time I pedaled was when I was 7 and John Mason knocked me off my bike.  I decided at that moment that I was better off on two legs than two wheels. I’ve also been a committed couch potato for much of my life, so I’m overweight and out of shape. There is absolutely no reason on earth I should be doing this – but I am.

Not only am I doing this – but I am excited to be doing this!

I’ve been working with a trainer, Tom Kearney, for a few months now and apparently I have decided that it’s time to push myself to see what I can do.

Tom has worked out a training programme to get me ready to cycle for 40k – oh, didn’t I mention that?  Yes, the event is 40k…That’s one kilometer for every year I’ve NOT ridden a bike – that translates to 24+ miles.  But Tom says that this will be ‘the making of me’….hmmmm…now THAT sounds like it’s gonna hurt!

Next….the bike appears…



  1. Well done you!! I too am taking to the saddle for this event and I will be 46 on Friday, somewhat overweight and with no real cycling experience to speak of!!

    I’m lucky enough to live very close to the event location – in fact Whipsnade Zoo is one of our favourite places to spend a day at the weekend…. the only bit I’m not looking forward to is the final 1/2 mile because it is up a VERY long, steep hill – but I’ve been assured that it’s OK to walk!!

    Good luck with your training and here’s to all the 40+ ladies who are entering the event! xx


    Comment by Karen — July 27, 2011 @ 15:54 |Reply

    • Hi Karen – and Happy Birthday!

      It’s SO nice to know that I’m not the only one! I live about 40 minutes away from the venue up here and I hope to do at least one training ride in the park before the day.

      Good luck with your training – please let me know how you’re getting on.


      Comment by carolspage — July 27, 2011 @ 16:26 |Reply

  2. HI am yetanother oldie not having ridden foemore years than care to remember. Great to know we are not alone. Also blogging about it at let me know if you would like me to put a link on to your blog as well.
    Happy pedalling

    Comment by anneinmid — July 28, 2011 @ 21:36 |Reply

    • Hi Julie

      Thanks so much writing – how wonderful to hear from you! I would absolutely love to swap links with you – now….how do I do that? (I’m as new to blogging as I am to cycling…)

      I look forward to reading about how Team Daft and Determined gets on. [grin]


      Comment by carolspage — July 28, 2011 @ 21:53 |Reply

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