My name is Diana and I’m a cyclist and a Mummy.
I’ve been a cyclist for as long as I can remember. I remember the first time I rode a bike without stabilisers (before my older brother managed it, despite what he may say). I remember the feeling of accomplishment and the feeling of freedom.
When I went to college to study for A-levels, I started riding for transport. This was mainly due to a deeply ingrained antisocial / shy streak (which I still have, if I’m honest). No more school buses, but I had to get the train in to college every morning – the same train that everyone else going in to college got, and that meant having to chat. I’m not great in the mornings and I’m not great at chatting. Cycling took not much longer and was my antisocial dream come true.
By my mid-20s I discovered road cycling. I’d been doing a bit of running (I hate running, but you can’t beat how simple it is and how quickly it can get you fit) and I entered a duathlon which was the big thing in the area I lived at the time. From there, it was a slippery slope to training camps abroad, distance events and ever more sophisticated ways to measure speed and distance.
In my 30s, I had got distracted by running again and then I met the man who would become my husband, Martin.
Also a lifelong cyclist, Martin’s words; “you’re a better cyclist than a runner” led to my giving time trialling a go. Turns out I’m pretty good at it (more later on ‘pretty good’ – suffice to say I’ll never make the Olympics!).I also gave road racing a (very brief) go – turns out I’m pretty bad at that.
And then, I became a Mummy. This story is much shorter. Danny was born in 2012 and Ellen in 2014.
I took maternity leave from my job as a primary school teacher after Ellen was born. Maternity leave then turned into a two year career break. The career break turned into resigning. For a number of reasons, what works for us right now is for me to be a stay at home mum and for Martin to work full time.
When we decided to have children I remember saying that I was happy to put cycling aside for a while, that this was a different phase of my life now. I really believed it at the time. But I struggled to lose the baby weight and I struggled to find my new identity and I gradually found ways to get back on the bike. A cargo bike became central to my daily life. Martin and I found ways to coordinate getting an hour each out at the weekends. I have plans for racing and time trialling again some time soon. And one of my daughter’s very first sentences was…….
……..”Mummy’s gone a cycle.”
Cycling is something I am passionate about and I want to share that passion with others. In 2017 I qualified as a British Cycling Level 2 Cycling Coach. From this, Active Cycle Coaching began. I am also the Hervelo Cycling Skinnies (road cycling) Coach. Also in 2017 I trained as a British Cycling Breeze Champion. This is a scheme to encourage more women onto their bikes. I then set up the Corstorphine Mums on the Move group to build cycle confidence amongst the parents of my local primary school (or any other interested local women).
I hope you enjoy the mummysgoneacycle website and find something here to inspire or amuse you!