On Your Bike

It occurred to me that it is some time since I wrote about my cycling activities here. That is probably because cycling has taken a bit of a back seat of late.

As regular readers will know we were away touring through France to Spain and back for a couple of months in the autumn last year. We took our tandem with us and whilst individual trips out were of varying lengths, some quite short and others longer, we covered quite a considerable number of miles peddling around with great enjoyment. It is an excellent way to see the countryside.

Since we got back however we haven’t been able to spend as much time on the bikes as we would have liked; an angina diagnosis for my husband, a sciatica attack for me, extreme weather (snow and ice) in this part of the UK and Christmas approaching fast all took their toll. When we did get out it was often separately as my husband didn’t want to go too far or too fast and was trying to avoid hills, just spin the legs and see how he got on. Although prepared to cycle up to usual speed I wasn’t sure how my sciatica inflamed back, hip and leg would stand up to it so didn’t want to ride out too far from home either. This meant that we restricted ourselves to the occasional ride of between 3-6 miles, weather permitting, until after Christmas. We have also interspersed these rides with short sessions on the turbo trainer in the garage – is it just me or is it really much harder work on the turbo? And it’s so boring!

Gradually things are settling down for both of us and we are upping our cycling activity again, making sure hubby doesn’t overdo it. Having done some rides of 8-12 miles over the last few weeks we went out on the tandem yesterday cycling a grand total of 15 miles, the longest distance completed since mid November. We are looking forward to better weather soon so that we can work our way up to our more regular distances before too long and perhaps go out again with the  Sunday morning gang.

We do have a few cycling aims on the plot for this year, depending on how my husband gets on. For the last two years we have been to Spain in the spring to take part in a cycling event for classic road racing bikes called La Pedals de Clip, however we have decided against doing it this year as the event is taking place a good month earlier than usual and this is not convenient for us due to other commitments, plus we have no guarantee that my husband will be fit enough in time. Instead we are looking at possibly taking part in a similar event in June here in the UK and we are also looking at participating in a sportive/fun ride event in May which starts and finishes, conveniently for us, at the marina where we keep our boat. If fitness is not an issue there is also usually a cycling event in support of our local hospice in April that we could consider.

We have not committed to any of these as yet as it all rather depends on how things go health wise. On the plus side at least my sciatica is now gradually easing up and I expect to be fully back on form before too long, especially once the weather begins to improve and spring wins out in the battle of the seasons. Fingers crossed I will soon be able to cycle off the couple of extra pounds accrued over Christmas and New Year!


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. julespaige
    Jan 15, 2018 @ 16:35:01

    Oh… those extra holiday pounds. I put on a few while traveling with my hubby last year and am struggling to get back down those five to maybe work at another 5…

    Good luck with your cycling. I’ve started to use a fitness and yoga CD. And I also have a Tai Chi CD I hope to look at this week. Being that the temp has returned to below freezing a walk about isn’t in the cards.


    • Libby
      Jan 16, 2018 @ 16:03:48

      Doing things indoors is good when the weather is bad. I used to go to a Tai Chi class but it folded. I still do it from time to time but miss the motivation of the group. I haven’t done yoga for years!


      • julespaige
        Jan 16, 2018 @ 16:11:05

        I’m not big on crowds or paying for someone else. The DVD’s I have are beginner courses.
        I had done a paid Tai Chi class over 20 years ago. I like the slower pace of the DVD I picked up. I did all three of my ‘exercise’ DVD’s yesterday. The one faster moving – has about 6 different 10 minute sessions. I did two of those. Plus just one segment of the other two which each have three different sections. I like having the ‘one’ on ‘one’ instructor/ student. Though I may not be getting the poses 100 % – I am guessing the effort also counts 😉

  2. elaine patricia
    Jan 15, 2018 @ 18:04:26

    Good luck with your plans


  3. mad cycling in the middy sun
    Jan 16, 2018 @ 09:14:31

    Yes the turbo is harder! …and boring…I do have some quite interesting turbo ‘sessions’ I could write out for you to make it a bit more interesting (other than that I listen to music!)


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