Cycling

Point + Shoot: Sunday mornings

This past weekend was the annual Sydney to Wollongong Bike Ride to raise money and awareness for MS.

Work had a small but dedicated team participating, so I stayed overnight at my parents in order to get up early in hopes of getting a glimpse as they rode through Rockdale. Unfortunately there were roughly ten thousand riders and a huge backlog, so I missed them. I did manage to hang around for roughly 50 minutes before being overcome by a major dizzy spell – another fun bit of pregnancy. I was so pale that the nearest policeman came rushing over to make me sit down worried I was going to faint, definitely felt like it!

But whilst I was there, I did enjoy watching all the cyclists, especially those who dressed up for the occasion. It makes me wish I was still able to ride, but unfortunately my wrist never recovered properly from my accident last year and there’s no way I’d risk riding whilst pregnant. In fact, I recently sold my road bike – I was sad to see my baby go. Hoping to get a bike that supports my wrist better next year after the baby arrives.

I then spent a lovely morning chatting with Mum and attending an antiques fair with my parents, as well as spending some time with my brother’s dog Angel (the black one) and more importantly, Hansel. We suspect he has cancer, he appears to be wasting away much like Gretel did last year. However, he is not showing any sign of being in pain and is his usual emo self, whining away at all hours, desperately happy for any attention he can get. Miss being away from him all the time!

This post is part of Point + Shoot over at sunny+scout. Why not play along?

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Save Hurstville Velodrome

If there’s one thing you do today, I ask that it be signing this petition to help save the Velodrome at Hurstville in Sydney’s south.

In their words:

Hurstville Oval in Sydney’s South has played a significant roll in developing world champions for generations. From the Olympics to Roubaix, this suburban development ground has cultivated some of the finest talent to represent Australia on the world stage.

Decades of blood, sweat and tears have saturated the velodrome starting out as dreams on one day to representing Australia the next. Now, there is a serious threat whereby cashed up sporting codes want to muscle in and take control of the oval to the detriment of the velodrome.

Aside from it’s history, the velodrome is very much in use by athletes and the local community. Officials whinge that kids need to be more active, what could be better than a safe cycling environment?

As a cyclist and someone who grew up in the local community, I urge you to consider adding your voice to the others and help convince Hurstville Council that this facility be continued for current and future generations.

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Riding in the wet

Haven’t really had to do it yet, guess I might have to today?

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Back in the saddle

…so to speak!

I resumed biking partway to and from work 2 days ago, and feeling largely ok. My right wrist is having a bit of trouble taking the weight but it’s getting easier as time goes on.

I honestly thought it would have been harder to bike after 1.5 weeks of not, but my legs have taken to it like the champions they are and I’m finding I am able to pedal for longer distances without cruising. Like ALL of Hickson Rd is now doable without taking a break, or the run from the Quay until just before I hit the bridge and the lights 😀

Do really need some more pairs of knicks and/or shy shorts. Wearing the same pair day in and out is wearing thin on me, even though I’ve been washing them. Just having to do that and make sure they dry is a pain in the butt.

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Winter weather in Sydney

This morning is an extremely cool 18°C with an expected high of 23C! Cloudy, a little windy… Which makes a very nice change from the stinker of a weekend, it certainly made biking in this morning pretty bearable 😀

I absolutely prefer winter, at least you can layer and keep warm but when it’s really hot, it’s sometimes next to impossible to cool down.

Bring on winter!

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