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Ok so you've all seen the posts from Ade, Ruben and Hicksey about their lunch time adventures and yeah us girls in the office tend not to have regular sweaty escapades in our lunch hour (the boys don't bother with showers afterwards where as us girls like to, I think) but anyway Hollie has been out running after work, Kim has got her bike out and has been riding the long way home and we have been planning on going out for a luch time ride when dogs, work schedule, illness and punctures get in the way (like last few weeks).
Today I knew it was going to be glorious and even though I was shattered this morning after being out on my bike several times after work this week I just had to bring it to work for a lunch time ride.
I sussed out a route with Ade and off I set in the hot sun.
I hadn't done the route before, I didn't know where the hills were or where to turn but I had my trusty phone with me with GPS location services (very helpful as I could have ended up in Aberporth) and my camera.
The sun was hot.
I definitely didn't need a jacket or leggings 2 merino tops and shorts were fine :-)
I really need to practice getting out of the saddle going up big hills.
Lunch tasted better than usual.
The view was great.
The smell of cows and muck was really strong down the track lane which Ade told me not to go down.
Looking forward to riding more at lunch times this summer
When I got back I was sweaty....
... and I didn't have a shower :-)
Last week I spoke to Martin Dorey who has a series on TV called "One man and his campervan" you might have seen it on BBC2, and he also has a book out too.
We had a chat about what to wear when you're out and about camping or doing stuff which is one of my favorite topics, and today I arrived into work to receive one of his lovely books, thanks Martin.
It's got loads of recipes in there for what to cook when you're camping, some great photos (including an appearance of a howies tshirt) and other little gems too.
Martin is a surfer, a TV presenter and writer currently working on a new book, you can see his website and his blog and buy a copy of his book here.
With Easter around the corner it's got tons of inspiration in there for getting outside and cooking yummy food.
So things have been a little slow for me this year in regards to fitness, usually I have rowing to focus on in May but not this year, I've decided to do what I want, when I want, whether it's biking, surfing, swimming or running. This is a lot different to having a schedule, and I like it, it's all the little things.
I have been out on my bike almost every weekend since the Christmas holidays for a "bike ride", I'm not training or trying to loose weight or aiming to get mega fit, I just want to go out, feel the air in my lungs, the wind rushing past me as I go down hill, admire the veiw, spend time with my friends, and feel great afterwards.
I like to go to some of my favorite spots near where I live, up past the farm all the way to the top, checkout the view of Goodwick and Fishguard harbour all the way up to Cardigan, carry on down the hill to the other side overlooking the lighthouse and a massive expanse of sea, along to a famous comedians house. Then take a sneaky right turn to an amazing lookout point to more sea, a different angle this time looking down to St Davids head, and Ramsey Island and finally off to a little village near the woolen mill and back to our house for tea, cake and curling up in front of the fire.
We have been out with sheet ice on the roads (fun on a road bike) northerly winds, the usual grey drizzle and really warm sunshine, now shoots are popping up everywhere and there a new-born lambs hoping around, it's nice to notice the changes from the bike instead of the car, and the evenings are getting lighter so soon there will be evening rides too.
I have also been working on the bike, well, testing kit out thinking what's good, what's bad, what could be better, what ingenius piece of kit doesn't exist yet, and recently have had some of my comfortable rides ever (shh all in development I'm afraid) but it makes such a difference to be comfy.
So all these things are little, I'm not training for anything I'm just going out for a "bike ride".
Life is complicated, sport is simple
Take a look at this short video, it's about a discovery made of a huge batch of photographs taken by a lady called Vivian Maier.
This is a blog created for her work by the finder of the prints, I think I have a lot of work to do but this guy John Maloof, has maybe a whole lifetime's work to scan and document this find.
For those who don't know, Ruben and myself from howies, Alistair and Hazel are taking on the Strathpuffer in January. It's something i've wanted to do for years and finally now I'm going to have a crack at it. Now the Puffer is known for snow, being north of Inverness and in mid-January, so you might think that all the snow the UK has been having would be great, lots of snow riding practice.
Unfortunately Cardigan doesn't really do snow, all we've had are some tough frosts and some impressive ice. In fact Hazel, who's down in Cornwall has managed to find way more than we have.
So if that sounds like I'm making excuses, you're completely right, and there will be more I promise, just starting nice and early.