Another year has gone by and it’s time for a summary.
I got my first road bike which admittedly hasn’t been out on the road much.
It managed to get me through the Tour of Cambridgeshire though.
I completed Etape Loch Ness on my trusted Pinnacle hybrid and what a ride that was!
I shared it with my cousin, her husband and mum who also came for support. They flew but Alex and I took the Caledonian sleeper train which was an adventure itself. But before we boarded we went out for a dinner when he revealed they were expecting twins! That was to be our last long ride together before the boys arrived in October.
In summer, I cycled part of the famous Camino de Santiago with a great bunch of people. I got to see stunning parts of Spain and enjoy its best kept secret: tortilla!
Finally, I won the competition to take part in the climb up Mont Ventoux documented in a Sky Bike Channel documentary which was my highlight of the year. Have you seen it?
I teamed up with Stages UK who have been helping me to hone my skills as an indoor cycling instructor. I met up a group of extraordinary people so intensely passionate about cycling and teaching cycling that I could not believe my luck.
This Christmas marks my three years as an instructor, over 1,600 classes taught and I am loving it even more than I did at the start. I am more knowledgeable and confident about teaching with power and still so giddy every time I learn something new. I owe this enthusiasm to quite a few people that I have known for a while (Neil, Richard, Glen – you are nuts, Jennifer), those I only met this year (Janine, I absolutely love you) and people I only connected with thanks to FB forums like Caesar, Bill, Megan and Summer Sides (I promise I will get back on track with my contributions soon).
My blog has been doing great and caught the attention of ICA who brought me on board as a writer/contributor to their site. To be recognised for my writing (even though it’s a whole new kettle of fish writing with a bunch of professionals) has been one of the highlights of 2016. Learning to use google.docs, Asana software and work with a team of editors has been fantastic.
In February I embarked on a long and arduous one year journey to become a sports massage therapist with NLSSM.
Boy, did I underestimate the level of knowledge BTEC Level 5 requires… I have worked as a student therapist at various sports events and loved it, scary as it was.
Now I am just a couple of months away from finishing the course which will hopefully mark a start of a new career – it better be the case as I purchased the most expensive second hand book that ever existed (£150!) which I need to use over the next few years daily for the investment to pay off…
I have met an amazing bunch of very clever and very funny people in college. We have suffered some serious stress ahead of all the assessments, helped each other with question papers and undoubtedly will do much more of that before our finals.
Lost a kindle and bought a new one. Read 50 books and I am not counting the college ones. Lost ability to sleep which led me to discover yoga. Lost social life which I am hoping to find in 2017 once the college days are over J I would love to do salsa again.
The big 40 is coming in September and I want to celebrate it in style and I hope you will join me. Here is to 2017! May it be full of opportunities and choices. To doing what you love!