Archive for January 2011

The Nasty

January 25, 2011

The title just amused me. Well, not much riding happening but since I’ve been on the insulin I’ve felt a bit more energetic. Yesterday I wandered the streets instead. That was a good bit of walking which I really enjoyed (oddly, walking is booooring). Just wanted to say Hi really. so Hi, how are you?


I Rode a Bike Today

January 23, 2011

Because I know how to party.

I’d arranged to meet new friend Tanya and Bobbo In Ponteland this morning. It was warm in my little bed and I was sorely tempted to stay there but I said I’d go so I did. Driving through Stannington on the way there the sky fell in, again I was tempted to turn back. I passed soo many cyclists on the way though. I just couldn’t believe it. Tonnes of them, and runners too! No wonder the gyms are empty, they’re all outside!

Anyway, turned up at Poppys to find a total of 6 other riders waiting. Crazy people. Anyway, in the cold and wet we were looking for good crack and a nice cuppa so we headed the 10 miles or so to Matfen Hall. It’s a nice ride out but it drags upwards just slightly enough to convince you that you are on the flat and going badly. I was ready for that cuppa even after just 10 miles. On the way back though it’s soo much fun, if you wished you could maybe pedal once or twice but otherwise? Freeeeeewheeeeeel….. 😀

So yes, that was my day. Then home to a hot bath, insulin, chicken sandwich, orange juice and a nice sit down. I feel as though that was my last ride but I’ve felt that way before so I doubt it. 🙂

Insulin, Swimming and 9 weeks Left.

January 18, 2011

See, I’m huuuge! ha.

Anyway I’ve arranged a ride with a recently joined lady club member for Sunday so I’m really looking forward to that. If anyone else fancies a leisurely ride just shout.

In other news I think maybe I’ve given up on the turbo, oddly it hurts less to ride than to walk right now but it’s still painful on the crotch when turboing so why bother?

More news… I had my first encounter with insulin today. I’m on a tiny dose for now. I could have held off but if even a sandwich is doing silly things to my blood sugar levels I guess I’d need it eventually anyway so it seemed pointless to put it off. I gave myself my first jab this morning and what a difference it made. It doesn’t hurt in the slightest and I got to eat a slice of bread with my soup. mmmmm bread. Sounds daft but what a feeling. I’ll let you know how  I get on anyway though because it’s definitely a get your head around it thing.

Ooh, I went for a swim today, I used to swim once or twice a week a year or two ago generally managing 60 lengths in an hour but I just got out of the habit. Well I’m getting bored of all of this sitting around so got my costume on and went to the pool. 30 lengths in half an hour. I wasn’t expecting that. I’m pleased though. I like swimming, not as much as pedalling but still…

How’s your day been?

The bike has earned a reprieve.

January 17, 2011

Or I have. I did make it out on Saturday. It was a bit damp and very windy, the forecast had it at wind speed of about 20mph with some stronger gusts. It may have been grey but it wasn’t horribly cold. So, a lovely but exercisy 21 miles with no sore backs at an average of about 11 mph. I can live with that. It was far more than I thought I could manage, I’ve not been riding much at all over the last 2 months. There are no words that can describe how much I get out of a good bike ride. I was left feeling calm and grinny and for the first time in weeks I slept all of Saturday night. So, circumstances permitting, I’m not retiring yet.

Handlebars of DOOM

January 15, 2011

Yup, this bike is going in the shed after today. I’m well tickled by the minor adjustment I made last night:

Yes my kitchen is that messy and yes, I do know it’s wobbly but check it out. Can you spot it? My bump doesn’t hit the saddle and it gives me just that tiny bit more uprightness so I can live with that.

Anyway, I don’t know if I can do this. I’m going to try though, I know the way home so it wont kill me but I’d like to see people who don’t live in my house and stuff so you gotta try eh?

The Last Bike Ride

January 14, 2011

Ha! Made you look.

I plan on at least attempting the club ride tomorrow. It’s been while since I’ve done any distance but I at least plan on making it to the cafe stop. At almost 7 months pregnant I strongly suspect it may be my last Saturday ride for a long time and I hope someone will keep my company despite my super slowness of late. That would be fab. Anyway, I have to check just how comfortable the road bike still is tonight (it’s fit astonishingly well so far) otherwise I’ll be taking the tourer which means 1) I’ll be even slower and 2) I’ll have to fanny about swapping saddles.

On the list of things they don’t really tell you about pregnancy is that my cycling shoes are a little tighter than usual too though my fat kit from last winter still fits!

I really miss my bike. 😦 The weather which wouldn’t have usually bothered me has kept me off the saddle except for the odd trip to work on the tourer. OOh, on the good news front I have the BEST friends. Who would say no to a free mountain bike? Not me.. I picked one up today thanks to a good friend and I’m chuffed to bits. I’ve wanted one for aaaaages. yay.

So, I’d love some company tomorrow, especially if you don’t mind keeping super slow me company. Fancy it?

I could cry

January 13, 2011

I was at the hospital yesterday for a growth scan. She’s fine. I’m not so much. I’m definitely diabetic. I have already cried, I still am off and on. I also got a pretty well deserved telling off. I’ve had this overwhelming urge to eat crap. And I have been. It’s hard to admit to falling but I did and I think it’s right that I admit to it. I wish I didn’t have to and I wish I hadn’t done it but wishing gets you nowhere does it?

So yesterday was pin cushion Carrie day, 4 different needles, one in each elbow, one in my left arm and one in my butt. yay me. I used to have an horrific fear of needles, truly and I’m still not a huge fan like. So yes, yesterday was a horrible day. Especially since there’s a strong possibility that I may need insulin treatment this time round. God the thought makes me cry. I was awake at half three this morning and I’m still awake. Imagine my joy when my sensible breakfast produced a high reading.

Using insulin apparently means a 38 week section which in itself doesn’t bother me. having the Junior Cyclist by section was a wonderful experience but it means I may be off my bike for a long time. Spending any longer on the sofa than I have to does not appeal.

Thanks for listening, I’m ok, we’re ok and I can cope but today I feel down and I know telling you helps.