With 2016 fast approaching, so the “new year, new me” promises begin. Resolutions have never really been my thing though – I have always preferred to set myself goals; what would I like to achieve? With my first year as a roadie almost complete, I’m really hoping I can take it to the next level in 2016; I want to be stronger and faster, and I want to have challenged myself. But perhaps more than those things, I want to experience. I have always valued life experiences – creating memories, and now, alongside my best friend, with bikes in tow, I want to see where this cycle life will take me next!
The first thing I really want to tick off the box is the 100 mile milestone. Distance wise my PB is currently 50 miles and with plans further into the year to do a London > Paris charity ride, I have to get accustomed to the longer rides.
So, London to Paris – there it is, I’ve put it in writing – there’s no backing out now. Why oh why though, one might ask!?!
Very sadly, a friend of mine recently lost her Nan to Motor Neurone Disease. To raise money & awareness for what is the most heart-breaking of diseases, and also just in honour and memory of her amazing Nan, she is bravely doing the challenge. Inviting us to join her, we are all in and the researching has commenced!
My partner has actually already done this 250+ mile ride, last September – and in 24 hours! I will not be doing that! Thankfully, there are various companies that organise these challenges and as well as the 24hr option (for the insane!) there are 3/4 day ones, riding around 70-90 miles a day. Whilst the thought does terrify me more than slightly, I just think what an amazing thing to be able to say you have done; what an experience and hopefully, a lot of money raised for charity. Aiming for September, this gives me a good 9 months to train train train!
April brings the Tour of Flanders and I am apparently riding the organised Sportive that’s open to all. I say apparently as I don’t know too much about the ride, other than we are riding it – or maybe he is riding it and I’ll cheer him on! Either way, the sportive will of course be followed by watching the professionals, which will be a new & exciting experience in itself.
Above any challenge or target though, I just want to #getoutandride – as the Instagramers put it! Cycling this year has taken me through some of the quaintest little villages, the most stunning of countryside, and showed me the amazing views that sit pretty much on my doorstep! I have loved exploring new places on my bike, and I can’t wait to do this on a bigger scale.
Gym wise, I need to hit that 90kg squat!
I’d love to hear what others are planning….