Saturday, 31 March 2012

I want to ride my bike!

I had such good intentions for this past week. I'd had a lovely weekend at my parents (without children) and came back with a long list of things to do before the children broke up for the school holidays. But on Monday I was woken by a flushed and feverish five year old, so instead the week was taken up with cooking, cleaning and soothing of brows.

By Thursday he seemed to be perking up and so trotted off back to school - he's still at that age where he's keen to go. So I took the opportunity during youngest's preschool session to do something I haven't done for an embarrassingly long time... I got on my bike.

Reader, I have a confession to make. I bought this bike brand new when I was pregnant with my oldest, so about six years ago. And then didn't ride it...

First I felt wobbly and pregnant, then after babies one and two arrived I felt vulnerable enough putting myself in traffic, let alone setting off with a tiny child on the back. But at the beginning of this year I wrote a list of things I wanted to achieve this year, and returning to cycling was on there.

I had forgotten how much fun free-wheeling down a big hill in the sunshine can be, it was pretty amazing. Climbing up the other side was not so enjoyable, and my aching legs did mean that I ended up walking for significant periods. I arrived to pick up youngest from preschool sweaty and red-faced with a bit of wheeze going on.

But I did it, and that feels good. Because tackling cycling means freedom for someone who has a driving licence but no car (and I intend to keep it that way).

And where did I go to on my cycling adventure..? Why to the wool shop of course, where else!


  1. Good for you. I can imagine being carless (almost) but bikeless as well? Unthinkable. Stick with it, the benefits will be huge.

  2. This yarn is beautiful! Biking.. yerk! I prefer running