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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…

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4 Comments »

  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

    Karen
    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.

      Carol

      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 http://viewfromaterrace.wordpress.com/ let me know if you would like me to put a link on to your blog as well.
    Happy pedalling
    Julie

    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]

      Carol

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


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