Happy Mother’s Day :-)

Firstly I would like to say happy Mother’s Day not only to my lovely Mummy but to all the Yummy Mummys out there.. I hope everyone has had a great day!

Our training today has revolved around Mother’s Day. I had this great idea that we could cycle to my Mums house which is about 18 miles away, stop for a cuppa & then cycle back! That way we get our training in & I get to see Mum for a bit! Dad is also happy because he has a new bike.. & decided to meet us & ride around with us! Great!

This is our longest ride yet & is not without its own fresh set of problems!! Firstly though, I would like to reward myself for my steady cycling & my ability NOT to fall off.. Yayyyy :-) I am however getting re-occurring issues from when I did fall off!! My gears are broken :-( Stupid bike wont let me use the last 3 gears (the 3 gears which make hill climbing easier)  & keep jerking in & out of different gears the whole time!! This wouldnt be such an issue if Jay & I picked nice, flat routes.. but wheres the fun in that? One good things comes out of this.. its GREAT training for the legs!! We will soon be powerhouses when it comes to hills! Jay is very supportive & says, “If you cant use your last 3 gears then neither will I” How sweet!!! However Jay has got knee issues & although cycling helps his knee a lot by keeping the surrounding muscles strong without the impact, he soon feels the effects on his legs too!! This is where we are both very appreciative of ‘out the saddle’ riding.. phew our legs get a bit of a break!!!

Anyway.. gear, knee & leg issues aside, the first stretch of our cycle has gone well & after trudging our way up what felt like a zillion hills, we’ve finally made it to Mum & Dads! A nice sit down, a cuppa & a pasta pot sort us right out & we are now ready to battle our way back home! We are very aware that even though the way over felt hilly, its nothing compared to the way back! There are 2 big hills to tackle & lots of sloggy ones in between but we know as soon as we get to the top of the second hill its a nice, easy 4 miles home! Its FREEEEEEEZING!! In fact as soon as we set off it starts hailing & sleeting! We dont let it faze us.. Big hill no.1 has ensured we both stay warm (actually hot & sweaty) & the ride is going well! We get to the bottom of the 2nd big hill! We have just cycled up a long sloggy hill so we stop for a minute for a leg rest & drink.

Here we go… actually this isnt too bad… legs feel alright & were feeling strong! We are nearly at the top… I can see the peak… YES YES YES!!!! We made it to the top!!! 31 miles done! Lets quickly stop, rave about how amazing we are & carry on!! I’m in front & I feel amazing!!! Hold on.. wheres Jay…

Are you serious?!!!!! Hes got a damn puncture!! His 4th one since we got the bikes!! Ok no worries we can sort this (or Jay can anyway). Jays Mum & Dad happen to drive straight past & pull in to offer help! I now feel like I’m standing in the middle of the Antarctic.. Its Freezing!! I’m sweaty from the last big hill so now I’m damp & cold!! Jays the same but hes busy working, so I’m just standing around uncontrollably shivering! No idea how I’m gonna make my body get back on that bike & get me home! Our nice 4mile stretch home now seems like a long drag!!

But we did it!!! And everything aside, this has been a great ride!! We battled some monster hills, got up to speeds of about 30mph on some down hills, cycled a total of 35miles, practiced our road side repair (or Jay did) & had fun!!

Not feeling too bad now we have both warmed up! Bodies are tired but now we can slump :-) We Love cycling.. I think we have both found a real passion in it.. cant wait to get back on the bike & see what new challenges it brings us :-)

Thanks for reading guys.. If you fancy helping support us you can donate to the amazing charity we are doing this for, CASPA.. its real simple, just go to the link below & go from there..

www.justgiving.com/CASPA-ride

Live healthy, Live happy :-)

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