All photos in this post are courtesy of the very talented Phill Stasiw Finally, mental health is starting to get discussed more and more openly in the UK. And from the BBC’s much-celebrated Mind Over Marathon documentary, to Look Mum No Hands’ panel discussion on the matter, the benefits of exercise for mental health are … Continue reading Mountain biking and mental health: my Trans Cambrian story
As I mentioned in a previous post, I've been a wee bit injured of late. Sadly, this has led to less riding than I would have hoped for over the summer months. And when I did get back on the bike, I wasn't able to push myself as hard as I normally would.
I've been very quiet on here lately. The main reason for that? I've not been riding my bike very much. In fact, for the last couple of months or so I've been limited to very little bike time whilst I get over a strained ligament in my wrist and hamstring tendonitis, which is making my … Continue reading It’s ok to take a break: getting over injury
And I'm not talking about grammar here. I've recently learnt that if you know your shit (about bikes), you’ll probably be less likely to believe you're shit (at riding bikes). I acquired this knowledge the hard way, after crashing out of my second attempt at racing enduro. Back in April, I entered the Mini Enduro … Continue reading The difference between knowing you’re sh*t and knowing your sh*t
For a long time, I’ve been doing battle with a niggling little voice that insists on telling me that I’m not good enough, that I can’t do it. The voice casts doubts on my ability to ride my bike, to get up that hill, to make it over that drop off. It’s a voice that’s … Continue reading Come on legs, you’ve got this!
As I sit here and write this post, I’m hoping that my husband will be home before I need to go and get a glass of water. I don’t want to have to get that glass of water myself, as we keep the glasses in a head-height cupboard and I’m really not sure I could … Continue reading Feel the burn!
I've been finding life a little tough recently. I'm not going to launch into the whos, whats, whys and wherefores, but I've not been feeling on top of the world for a little while and have been having some trouble with anxiety. So, when I'm able to write this blog telling you that today I … Continue reading Tonight, Matthew, I’m going to be Wonder Woman!
Today I went back to basics. After a few months of not really riding very much, due to too many bouts of winter-related illnesses, hideous weather and just being too darn busy, I felt I had lost my riding vavavoom and was questioning if I could really be bothered to go and find it again. … Continue reading Back to basics
At the weekend I went for a ride in the Exmoor National Park. We'd headed down the night before and stayed in the van just by Wimbleball Lake. It was beautiful there and I was really excited to get pedalling. After the previous weekend's trip to the Lakes, I felt confident that I had a … Continue reading Oh shhh, niggling voice. Just shh!
Yesterday was tough. Yesterday I cried on my bike. The Mr and I took a trip over the bridge to try out the new Blade trail at Afan. The day started well, with awesome sausage sandwiches and coffee in the Skyline cafe, looking out at the blue sky and sunshine, feeling good. We (the Mr) … Continue reading The day I cried on my bike