Raise the flags, call the press agencies, ring the bells and anything else you do when breaking news of national importance – then again you may need to downgrade it slightly when you realise the cause of such exuberance is only the notification of my first cycle ride of 2012!
Oh yes the pedals have turned, albeit slowly and not for long, but I am back on the road again focusing on next October’s Cycletta North. It was a trepidacious return with all the anxieties, fears and worries of the first outing last year flooding forward from the deep recesses of the mind, but this time, it was different as I know that I can do it. So inspired by bright blue sky and strong winter sunshine I extracted the nappy lined leggings from under the bed, polished my helmet – well gave it a cursory flick with a tea towel, and roused the Burgundy Bombshell from hibernation in the wheelie bin cave.
We were both a little slow to get into the moment but amazingly quickly all the pleasure and enjoyment returned and we bowled along up to the park… and there encountered our first hill of the year. Oh how it hurt first time round – slow and plodding (and by the way this is a slight incline not the north face of the Eiger) with sundry dog walkers overtaking us with pitying glances…but second time it was slightly easier, so I decided to quit while I was ahead.
It was not a long ride and we quickly returned to the terrace, BB back to hibernation and me to a deep warm bath – back in the old routine . It may seem a long way to October but it will come quickly and there is the promise of much between now and then, this year we will be joined by friends who have yet to buy bikes let alone ride them. We will again be riding for our local charity The John Bury Trust- most of all we are looking forward to an event which celebrates the achievements of women of all ages and abilities, which challenges and rewards, and yes in this Olympic year there will be great achievements, and people will no doubt cycle further longer and faster than we will, but whether they will have so much fun – and eat as many scones along the way remains to be seen.
As one of our team said this week Bring It On!