So I have attempted to make good on my promise to cycle more. I have been out and about exploring our local parks, valleys and woods. Sometimes alone and sometimes with Nacho. Sometimes after work and sometimes on the weekend. It has been fun, if not a little tiring! I am working on building up my stamina and exercise tolerance.
I have been cycling along the paths that we took when I was part of a local running group. It is interesting, because when I was running, I would always be thinking I’d rather be cycling here! . Well, my wish has come true.
I guess the next logical step would be to join a cycling group – only in that I think the social aspect might motivate me and I am open to try and learn new things. I am not sure what is available local to me. I guess Google would help me with that. I’d have to decide what I wanted to achieve from joining a group and what level of commitment, I would have to give. When I joined my running group three years ago, I was highly motivated at the beginning, I wanted to lose weight and just improve my health, in a way that I thought exercising more, might help. I did lose some weight, but have since gained it all back and some. And, I mentioned in a previous post, I found that I did not like running much at all! On reflection, running was an escape for me, literally running away from the problems I was having at the time. It is different now, my problems are still here, but I have learnt to face them and deal with what I can either by talking it out or writing down my feelings. I no longer have to urge to put on my trainers and run out of my flat and just get away.
I can cycle. I love cycling. I love the sense of freedom that it embodies. I would like to cycle with like minded people. I would like to cycle with no sense of competition, no worries about personal best times, for me it’s enough to just be out there, be free and feel the wind on my face.
I am quite lucky that I live in an area where I can cycle quite freely without any problems and I’ll be the first to admit, that it is much easier to be motivated when the weather is good and the heat is bearable. I shall keep on
moving cycling! I really do not have any excuses anymore.
I will investigate if there are any local cycling groups. Who knows, next time I write, I might have joined one!