I started cycling in 2016 after much nagging from a good friend who ran a cycling club. I started in a ladies group and in 10 weeks went from 10 to 40 miles. That gave me the confidence to take part in local events and a charity ride in France in the August 2016.
Unfortunately, I have suffered serious health issues this year that meant I couldn’t ride for a number of months but the motivation for cycling made me push myself to recover and was able to participate in another charity ride in France and Belgium this year. I have just had a total hip replacement and am already planning my recovery rides and a trip to the Pyrenees in April as know getting on a bike as soon as possible will assist in my physical and mental recovery.
The people I have met through cycling and the feeling of wellbeing participating in events has been an enormous benefit to me and will be instrumental in the next year in recovering from the issues in 2017. Without health, we have nothing so I am so grateful to be coming through a difficult year with a positive mindset and cycling is going to be a massive part of recovery.
Submitted by Sarah Thyer – follow her on Twitter.