2017

So yesterday I said I would write a little about my plans for 2017. These aren’t ‘resolutions’ in the traditional sense. I have no time for that. I make them unrealistic and can’t stick to them.  This is stuff I want and plan to do.  It’ll be fun to look back next Christmas and see how I’ve done. And what extra stuff has crept in!

My 2017 plans. So far!

Family and Friends

Top, top priority. See lots of them.  Tell them I love them. Show them they’re appreciated. Remember birthdays and special occasions. Be there for them when times are hard. Be truthful.

Health

  • Get my knee and shoulder fixed. I want to be riding my bike by April/May
  • Reduce my blood pressure (last reading was 153/92 – and I’m on medication! The one before that was 173/110!)
  • Lose weight – at least 3 dress sizes
  • Improve my diet – less sugar and fats, more fresh vegetables, salad and fruit. Take packed lunches to work. Reduce portion sizes
  • Reduce my cholesterol – December 2016 – 5.3

Fitness

  • Improve my core strength. Thank you to Mick, Jane and Ju who gave me some suggestions and which I’ve already started. I’ll be tracking and sharing that through the year
  • Ride 1500 miles on my bike. May revise this if it’s looking like an easy achieve
  • Practice hills so I’m not scared of them
  • Cycle 100 miles in one day. This is a carry over sweat pledge from Kajsa Tylén’s Year in the Saddle. I failed due to injury in the date range. Doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten it. I’ll be logging this at sweatpledge.com as soon as it’s up and running

Financial

  • Easy.  Save more. LEJOG will be expensive however I tackle it!

Step out of my comfort zone – Camping!

I have a horror of this. Where is the en suite bathroom? How do you get room service? Where do you plug your hairdryer in?

I’m going to challenge this by getting a tent and currently plan to camp at Pedal Norfolk and have booked a cycling/camping holiday! I’m taking my credit card…

This is what scares me most about 2017 and I’m freaking out already…

Nottingham Girls Cycle / Breeze

  • Continue to encourage women and girls to ride bikes
  • Support them,  believe in them, help them achieve
  • Organise at least 20 Breeze bike rides
  • Mentor others to pay it back

Cycling Events (so far, at least!)

  • 4-5 March – Women and Bicycles, Broken Spoke, Oxford
  • 11 March – secret (so far) event with the Adventure Syndicate)
  • 7 May – FLAB Up North Sportive, 25 miles
  • 27-30 May – Pedal Norfolk. 50 miles daily Sat-Mon plus the dreaded camping!
  • 10-11 June- cycle to WFA get together in Leicestershire and camp!
  • 25 June- Great Notts Bike Ride, 50 miles. Poss more?
  • 12-21 August- WFA. Cycle touring in France! With camping!  Approx 240 miles

Personal

  • Keep this blog up to date
  • Don’t be too hard on myself
  • Sing loud and proud at choir
  • Go to bed earlier
  • Keep getting up when I fail
  • Take no shit. From anyone!

I’m sorry that’s so lengthy but I have a lot in my head right now and I really think 2017 will be the most fun ever! And if all else fails, courtesy of CWRB this:

A New Year

So. It’s been a little while since I posted anything but it’s time I revived this as I’m planning on it being a record of how I get on over the next couple of years.

Since I was last here, well, a lot has happened. This Girl Can changed my life. I’ve been on TV (This Girl Can), become a This Girl Can ambassador, made the most amazing new friends for life and even bought a new bike! 

Here’s my beautiful new Genesis Tour de Fer 2016, Queen Bess

I’ve been lucky to lead out The Women’s Tour at the Nottingham stage with my amazing ladies from Nottingham Girls Cycle which has grown from a shell of an idea between me and my friend,  Jo Ward, into a fabulous group of supportive women who cycle. I became a Breeze champion. I watched my inspirational friend, Kajsa Tylén, become a world record holder.

There really are too many amazing things to count and I wish I’d kept a record here of all of that.

There’s some bad stuff too. I’m still recovering from a bike fall related shoulder dislocation that took out my long bicep tendon in December 2015. I did ribs and shredded my legs in June when I fell off my bike again in the Great Notts Bike Ride. And on 6 November I had the most innocuous fall – walking on a pavement – which has done ‘something’ to my knee. What, I don’t know exactly because it’s still pretty horrible but I’m getting my MRI results on Tuesday.

So, 2015/2016 have been pretty wonderful. Here’s a nutshell of 2016.

2016

I’ll be posting tomorrow about my 2017 plans, but for today I really want to get it out there what my plan is for next year!

It’s hard to admit, but in 2018 I’ll be 50. So I wanted to set myself a challenge to really mark the year. I’ve decided that 2018 for me means LEJOG.

Not the actual route. This one’s more or less central so it looks best on the pics!

There’s no dates, routes, methods etc yet. It’s just a loose plan so there’s a lot of thought and planning and training to take place yet. However,  I firmly believe that getting it out there commits me to it. I’m going to need a lot of support,  motivation and ass kicking on the way, but bring it on! 2017 is as all about getting ready to do this!

This (Nottingham) Girl Can

It’s been a really interesting week for me! I responded to a call out for Nottingham women to be in a local version of the This Girl Can commercial and they picked me! I’m the cyclist in this advert. Along with the lovely Claudette! There’s going to be a documentary at a later date so there’ll be more filming!

Then, delighted at Slimming World last night with a 3 pounds loss – especially after I cried last week at an unexpected gain – and being our group’s Greatest Loser for 2015!

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So, all in all, apart from the idiot who drove too fast by my home last night and took out my wing mirror, a pretty good week for me!