Kat, Craig, Sarah and Paul
are all passionate about cycling. Sarah picked up the habit last
Christmas when she was here and has never looked back. I enjoy
cycling too, but not to the same degree as my family.
Kat and Craig both cycle
competitively in RAF teams. Paul and Sarah race via Zwift, the
virtual system we have installed in the gym that enables them to
compete against cyclists worldwide. They cycle outside too, taking
part in the Lincoln Petit Grand Prix earlier this year. It was the
first time Sarah had ridden in an event like this and she was
thrilled by the experience; they both rode 76 kms in just under three
By comparison I am a lazy
cyclist. In the summer I enjoy riding around the countryside and
taking in the sights. During the winter I find it harder, forcing
myself to get on the bike in the gym three times a week. It would be
easy for me to just sit back and put my feet up but I know how
important it is to do this exercise. I am convinced that
cycling has cured me of the chronic hip pain that I used to suffer
from. Ten years ago I could hardly walk very far without discomfort.
All that pedalling has strengthened my muscles and helped me to lose
weight. I am probably the fittest I have been for a long time and I
want to stay that way.
Paul and Sarah always
invite me to join them on their weekend rides exploring the
Lincolnshire countryside. Sometimes I decline, I find it quite
disheartening watching them speed ahead and then slow down waiting
for me to catch up. We have had some nice family rides though, with
Kat and Craig joining us a couple of times. Happily Craig knows how
to brake when he sees a pub so that is a definite bonus!
More often than not I
venture out alone. I enjoy cycling solo, at my own speed with no
pressure to keep up with other riders.