I’m coming to really appreciate the importance of rest days. During my last training cycle, I had so many days when I was overtrained, undernourished and most importantly, absolutely knackered. It caused me some real problems both professionally and personally- a unique combination of grouchiness and inefficiency that only prolonged endurance training can bring.
In an attempt to not fuck up my life in general and, more specifically, in my Autumn training cycle, I’m taking a ton more rest days and paying closer attention to what my body needs. This image sums it up nicely- oh, we love you Mindy.
Mondays are my rest day. I get home from work, I put on my PJs, and I watch hours of TV whilst playing Candy Crush or Whatsapping my friends. It’s the exact opposite of what most people would call ‘healthy’, but it nourishes my soul and gives me time to recuperate for the week ahead. Hopefully, it will stand me in good stead for the training season ahead!
What’s your rest day routine? And any new TV shows I should try out?
Lots of love,
About a month ago I bought my gorgeous new bike, and in doing so became a London Cyclist. This is never a title I wanted if I’m being completely honest; cycling in London always seemed far too dangerous, stressful and frankly life-endangering for me.
But nonetheless, once I’d bought the bike, I thought why not. It seemed a bit silly to be spending somewhere in the range of £150 per month on public transport when I could just hop on my bike instead. And so the bike-commuting began.
As a caveat; I don’t have a typical 9 to 5, meaning my bike commuting has been limited to running club sessions and social events. Nonetheless it has been exhilirating and terrifying in equal measure. Some of the highlights:
What I wish I’d known:
What are your top tips for a city cyclist? What did I miss?
Lots of love,
Ok, if we’re being completely honest here, this isn’t my first bike per se. I’ve owned bikes since I was a small child, right up until I moved to Cambridge, when having a bike was a sheer necessity. Nonetheless, this is my first proper bike. It’s the first one I’ve parted with more than £50 for. And more importantly, it’s going to be my first triathlon bike.
(Sidenote: How on earth did I turn into the kind of person who does triathlons?!)
I’d been umming and ahing about buying a bike for ages. I knew I needed one if I ever wanted to do a triathlon, but to be honest they cost a lot of dollar and cycling in London is an altogether petrifying experience. But finally, I got myself round to it.
My best bet really was to go with a refurbished second-hand bike, as then I could pick up a bargain whilst still knowing it was good quality. So I headed to a place called Nip Nip Cycles, which was relatively close to me and had good reviews on Google.
I cannot speak highly enough of the experience I had at Nip Nip Cycles. I didn’t know this until I arrived, but they used to just be a bike refurb place before they started working with St. Mungo’s, a charity for the homeless and those with difficult backgrounds. They run an apprenticeship programme, in which individuals can learn skills to help them find purpose and eventually get a job. The guys were friendly and knowledgeable, and steered me towards a bike that would suit me. They changed the tyres for free, adjusted the seat, handlebars and brake cables, and gave me front and rear lights. One of the apprentices had even done a triathlon in the past year, so was able to make sure I got the bike best suited for that purpose, as well as city cycling.
In the end I payed £180 for a completely refurbished bike, including all the extras they threw in. What made me even happier than the price was knowing that all that money would go directly back to the project, so Nip Nip could continue doing their good work. (Also, they fully acknowledged the innuendo of Nip Nip, and even sold Tshirts that said ‘Are you staring at my nip nips?!’ Needless to say I wanted one, but having just dropped £180 on a bike, I decided against it.)
My bike and I have had a few adventures already, and I’m looking forward to many more!
Does anyone else cycle in a big city? Top tips for survival please! And let me know what you think I should name her 😉
Lots of love