Knowing my limits

I have now reached the age where I say things like “you feel immortal when you are in your teens and twenties”. The age where slight aches and pains make me wonder if I have some dreadful illness. The age where I sometimes look at Read More …

Keeping up Appearances

Cycling and appearance has been making the news at the moment. Chris Hoy declared in his new GQ style article that: ‘professional cycling gear generally looks awful on pretty much anyone heavier than eight stone and with more than five per cent body aerodynamic fat’ Read More …

Why having children is like having bikes

Today, I was reflecting on the fact that my bikes were my babies before I had babies. Then it came to me just how many similarities there are between being a mother and being a cyclist. Here is my reasoning: Some days with them are Read More …

My Child My Self

Babies don’t see any separation between themselves and their primary caregiver. They view mummy (or whoever their primary caregiver is) as a part of themselves. Research suggests that this phase ends at around seven months. More details here. Sometimes I wonder how this separation and Read More …

Strengths and Weaknesses

I have always been a ‘strong person’. I have always seen this as a positive quality. Recently I find myself questioning what this actually means. Am I really that strong? Is it really such a positive trait? Physically, I am definitely strong. I ride a Read More …

Cyclists of the World Unite! Or at least be friendly

My husband and I recently took part in a local sportive. How times have changed… In the past (before children), we would have entered the longest route. The night before the ride we would have made sure we got enough sleep. We would have arrived Read More …

Do you want to build a snowman?

It was a standing joke in my family when I was younger. How my Dad sulked the year it snowed and none of us would come out and build a snowman with him. I can’t remember how old my siblings and I were but we Read More …

Risky Business

I am all for children taking risks. I think it is essential that all children grow up being encouraged to take risks. It is only through taking risks that they can learn how to manage risks. We all want to keep our children safe all Read More …