It took me a long time to finally give in to cycling! For years I’d watched my husband, Paul, enjoy the benefits this sport gave him; the enjoyment he got out of it and the friends he’d made. In aid of charity, he and his friends had done crazy challenges on the bike and tested themselves to the limit.
The changing factor for me came when my father passed away. Riding for me is a way of remembering and a way of not forgetting. It helps clear my mind and helps my soul. It also allows me to eat chocolate and cake!
Although I began to enjoy riding, I found it quite lonely. The countryside was stunning and the time for me was soul searching and cleansing. However, there’s something about exercising with a friend or a group. So, I set out to find a group. My fitness was at a decent level because of running. I wanted to cycle with a group to learn and become more confident, as well as make friends.