I still haven’t managed to get out and ride but things are looking up: DS will be one in just a few weeks and we move house around that time too, should be more settled and into something resembling a routine. I’m hoping that those two things will mean I can plan some bike rides back into my life. The same goes for exercise generally! It’s been too long. The kettlebells haven’t made it out of the (heavy) box they came in and because our Internet connection has been so ropey I haven’t had access to the kind of 10- or 20-minute YouTube workout I’d become slightly dependent on.
Instead I’ve contented myself with a fantasy list of bike rides. Some are hopefully going to be my new local loops. I’ve been busy on MapMyRide working out a few routes from the doorstep, in anticipation of both getting out on my road bike and heading into the hills with An for some off-road. I’m pretty excited!
But there are also bigger fish to fry. One of the reasons I’m so excited about being in France first and mainland Europe second is that there are so many long-distance paths that are safe for family rides. There are so many I want to do I’ll easily lose track of them all if I don’t keep a log somewhere, so I’ve added a page to the blog. So far I’ve got the two voie vert routes that are closest to me and one long distance path. There will definitely be more to follow!
My kettle bells are in a box. The bikes I have with me are locked up on the balcony. Lately, the fitness journey has taken a detour as we’ve been busy not just moving house but relocating from England to France (more about that on my other blog.) Although I’ve not been doing anything organised or sticking to my programme, it has been an exceptionally busy and physical time, packing and moving boxes, hoovering and cleaning while carrying a whiny and clingy baby and occasionally a toddler too. Now we’ve moved I’m enjoying a bit of a rest, trying to unwind a little, getting some naps in the afternoons alongside my babies, and getting acclimatised to this wonderful weather. As always, I’m planning rides; long, lovely rides on quiet roads in good weather. As luck would have it there are other bike mad people in the place we’re staying, which is great as it means I may have some company when I’m ready to venture out onto the local trails, of which there are many.
It’s an exciting time but, with my baby only 6 months old and his big sister going through some crazy developmental stuff while also adjusting to a complete change in her reality thanks to the move, it’s still early days when it comes to planning days out in the saddle. That time will come. I know it will and I am doing my best to be patient. Still, An (one of my new bike mad friends) and I are going to try and escape, to leave our little ones with their daddies, for a short ride later in the week. There are some fantastic trails around here and the marked routes are generally good for both walking and cycling, not restricted or designated for a specific purpose, in the same way that UK rights of way are. In addition, there are some other routes that are not public but accessible on permission of the landowner. Since our current home is a tiny hameau where everyone knows everyone that means that it’s okay to walk on the many tracks and trails in the vicinity, so we all went out for a short walk the other day – just one mile but with 150m of elevation! – in search of a nearby waterfall with a pool for swimming. It’s a magical place and I’m so excited about being able to raise my children here, where enjoying the outdoors is the norm and there is so much to do, with so many new places to explore.