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Cycling the Cycletta

Hi everyone! A bit of a different post today, but something I wanted to share because it's going to be a huge part of my life over the next six weeks: I am going to be riding 60km in a Cycletta event on June 30th!

A little bit of craziness had me signing up for this at the end of last year thinking "ohh, it's ages away, I've got plenty of time to train!" And then my bike got stolen... and then I moved city... and then my replacement bike broke... and then I had a bit of a fall... and before I knew it I'm here, staring at the 6 week training plan with the look of abstract terror you might find emblazoning B-movie horror posters.


Still, I'm doing this thing. And as of about 3 days ago, it looks like I'm doing it alone as my poor Cycletta buddy broke her foot :( Really not great timing for her but I'm sending her all the best wishes in the world for a speedy recovery - and if all goes well, maybe she can join me again next year!

Training has started, and last week I got a 10km ride under my belt. Not a very speedy one, as my boyfriend - a bike-freak - likes to point out (thanks for the encouragement there!) but 10km none-the-less and I'm quite proud! I have never done anything sporty in my life, unless you count school sports days where my main events were the some-what passive shotput, javelin and discuss, and to have nailed 10km felt like an achievement.

Into week 2 now, though, and I am aiming for a 20km ride tonight, and I'm anticipating a world of pain tomorrow.

I'm probably going to blog about the training and the event itself, so I hope you will find it interesting even if it isn't entirely book related. However, you can credit long gym hours for the amount of reading time I'm about to get done - which will directly result in REVIEWS!

I'm doing the event purely for the hell of it, but on a personal level I have welcomed donations from family, friends and colleagues to Parkinsons UK as sponsorship, as our family is directly aided by their work. If you are feeling charitable and would like to support them too, I have a Just Giving page set up here: https://www.justgiving.com/emmibee/

I'll also take any words of encouragement and large-font reminders to GET TO THE GYM! ;) haha

Wish me luck guys!


4 comments

  1. This sounds great! Good luck with the training : )

    CeCe @ Steaming Mug of Books

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    1. Thanks so much! I'm a little scared but fingers crossed it all goes well :) x

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  2. How did I miss this?! Me and my poorly bruised broken bone on a useless foot wish you all the best for cycletta. Totally gutted am not riding with you. And yes we can do it next year! I know you're going to smash it! Even if you have one eye. I'll throw ointment at you. im totally jealous of how fit your butt will be! Mine is one sided floppy, other firm lol my one advice to you....FOOD !! x

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    1. Next year Miss T - you're on! Get that foot strong!

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