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Here Comes The Rain Again

Summer is creeping up, we've had some glorious sun beams this past week or so and I need to get my legs ready for all the events on my cycling list this year. So last Tuesday I picked up my new ride, a Genesis Delta 10, happily picked up from the Cycle to Work scheme and set off to South Wales to visit friends and hit Dave's Witches Hat route.
The Witches Hat is a route designed by Dave Hann, a well known South Wales big mile road cyclist and long time friend of mine. We knew each other as pub buddies in a wider group, prior to becoming parents, so there's at least 20 years in the bag. Dave has ridden these routes many times and is always keen to share his knowledge and enthusiasm, to help cyclists gain confidence at going long, or riding with groups.
We were looking forward to this for a good few weeks, so happily ignored the fact that there had been a huge lightening storm the night before. I also ditched my security blanket backpack and decided to just head out with sh…

Mindful Movement Club

Yesterday was the first outing of a new community, the Mindful Movement Club, which is part of the Chasing Lights Collective, headed up by Captain Chevy Rough. I'm super proud to be the new community captain and although was a little worried about the potential for losing 20+ people in the forest, we all came away with smiles and good vibes
Meeting up at Buckhurst Hill Tube station, we headed up to Epping Forest for a walk up to High Beach and a mid way cuppa, before returning back to a mixture of Loughton or Buckhurst Hill stations. Some of us brought maps, some people bought cake.. we all shared conversations and smiles. We casually covered 17km over about 4 hours and wound our way through the forest, enjoying the chance to wander slowly through loads of lush green trails and mostly avoided the rain.
The MMC will hope to meet monthly at different locations, to take things down a notch, making time to take in the view and explore. If you'd like to join us, keep an eye on our…

Post Paris Melt Downs

So it's nearly a month since Paris Marathon and I haven't been able to run any miles on this side of it. I took a week off to rest my ankle, but this turned out to be an achilles issue and not the regular ankle injuries and arthritis I have been used to over the years. I kept walking on it, then a bit of midnight ninja work, but a lot of fun, until it eventually snapped back at me and reminded me who's boss. I am fully aware that my mind is unable to convince the pain to disappear on this occasion.
But, it's also forced me slow down a little and get my head in check. Nobody explained the post marathon insomnia, or prepared me for the past few weeks. My head has been really jumbled and I've found it really difficult to kick the blues, as my usual escape has been taken away, for a while at least. I have been really emotional, everywhere, a little paranoid and having big swings of low moods. I was in no way prepared for any of this, and its been hard work getting my …