A bit like your health goals really. When all is said and done, the people who get the results they want are the ones who not only know what they want to achieve but who have a plan in place and are committed to doing those small actions consistently on a daily basis. Not the ones who give up after a week because nothing is happening. Like Rachel Hunter said, "It won't happen overnight, but it will happen". Of course at that time she was promoting Pantene but it's still the same concept. You can't expect just to have the shampoo on the cupboard and expect results.
The good news is no matter where you are at in life, if you want to make changes YOU CAN!! You CAN teach an old dog new tricks. It might take a bit more time to form new neural pathways while you prune those old habits but stick at it and your new habits will get stronger every day until that's your new normal.
Being a single mum can be challenging to fit everything in but when you have a goal big enough you find the time. It's about leaning to say no, to prioritise. I increase my weekly riding time by riding to and from work. When all is said an done it's not that much longer, I'm not stuck to a train timetable waiting around for half an hour when once again I've missed the train, watching it pull out of the station as I'm frantically running across the bridge to the platform. And I get to save money by not having to buy as many train tickets so I get to put that aside for the trip. AND less petrol so I get to put that saved money aside for the trip too. Fitting in my exercise AND because I'm burning more calories and building lean muscle who get's to not worry as much if they want to have that biscuit with their afternoon tea? ME!!! THAT'S WHO!!!
The kids are a bit older now (raise your hand if you love having teenagers who can be home with the youngest one!!) and as they're at that age where sleeping in until at least 10am is currently the norm I have plenty of time to fit in a bike ride before they've even departed the land of nod!!
On these weekends I've been making these rides a bit shorter and focusing more on hill rides which is exactly what I did last weekend. These are made longer only by the fact that I eeerrrhhhehemm sometimes stop to document my ride on my phone and post to Instagram and Facebook eeerrrhhheeemmm she says in a quite voice.
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So these hills. On Saturday I rode up Summit Road which is a relatively short street but has a pretty decent incline. I wanted to share so I got footage on my phone of the ride down by rigging up my phone in the snaplock bag and clipping it through my camel back. When I watch it it doesn't look like it's that fast so you don't get to experience it but check out my innovation haha
But seriously, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE if you are a car user be aware. I like to think I'm a fairly considerate rider and I try to stay out of the way to the point that where possible I'll ride off rode, which slows me down, but I'd rather make it home to my children in one piece. Most people are pretty good and give me room but it only takes one idiot to not be paying attention and if it came to a fight between me and a car, I'm pretty sure I know who'd win that one!!!
I am a person with a life, not just a pesky bike, that you might find inconvenient because you have to slow down for about 5 seconds. And I'm fairly certain that there are a few people that might just cry at my funeral so please please please - see cyclists as people.
And that's all I have to say on that topic.
I was up early working and I got a phone call from my good friend Katie. We'd loosely arranged that she might come for a ride with me. 8.15am it was when she called and I get "Oh, I thought you'd already be out biking?" to which I responded "Oh, is that why you called at this time? Well it looks like I'll be waiting for you and you get to come after all haha"
So she did, and we rode up Summit Road 4 times as we were a bit time constrained so worked hard. It was nice to have someone to ride with instead of being out by myself all the time.
Another week done and dusted. Next weekend I'll be riding from my house to the top of Paekakariki Hill!! EEEEEEKKKKKKKKK That's going to be a tough one!
How can you help?
Thank you for reading this blog. If you enjoyed it I would really appreciate it if you shared it on social media.
Any donations, no matter how big or small, will be greatly appreciated. A little bit will be used to help get me and my bike to Australia, the remainder will be given to HFF, a charity for which I'm doing this whole crazy big bike ride.
For donations over $250 talk to me about getting your company logo on my training gear.
Keep an eye out for some fun fundraising events that I'll be working on in the next few months.
And thank you to Jade Clamp for chatting with me last Friday at the video store and for giving me some tips. Much appreciated. And just goes to show the power of social media.
And everyone - Have an Amazing Day!!!