It’s all about the cycling

There aren’t many big events that take place in Welwyn Garden City. In the six and a half years we have lived here, the only things that come to mind before this weekend are: the Olympic Torch route and being one of two main filming locations from The World’s End. This weekend we got to add event number three to the list: the fourth stage of the first ever Women’s Tour ended on Parkway in the centre of WGC! Sam

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Back in the boat

Lou and I finally went back out in the boat on Saturday. It’s the first time we’ve been on the water in 7 months. Yes, SEVEN MONTHS! I’m shocked that it’s been so long but we have both also enjoyed retaining the feeling in our extremities over the winter, not getting soaked to the bone and, for me personally, not having to steer on dark nights! We only did a light outing of 7k, but it felt really nice to

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Taking on the Wiggle Spring Saddle

A couple of months ago, Lou and Graham convinced Sam and I (I needed more convincing) to sign-up for the 38 mile leg of the Wiggle Spring Saddle sportive in Newmarket. Even after Sam had registered us and paid the (not cheap) entry fee, I still wasn’t looking forward to it. However, Lou and I spent every Saturday morning at the club on the spinning bikes. I then usually did 30 mins on the bike trainer one night during the week.

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Pain & tiredness – two reasons to not let your fitness drop!

I have been lax of late with my training. After my self – elected break from full on rowing training over the winter, I pottered along keep keeping fit but just not pushing myself to the limit every session. It was a nice change and a break I emotionally needed. But as we have moved in to the summer, I began to become a bit complacent about my training. We all know that complacency breeds laziness. What happened? Well, my

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Keeping up the cadence

Sam has been getting in to his cycling even more recently. We were doing some research about cycling techniques and we learnt (basic for any above-amateur cyclist I’m sure) that cadence is actually a key cycling measure. Cadence in cycling is the number of reps per minute of the pedals. After reading an interesting article on cadence from Bike Radar, Sam decided to try working on getting his cadence higher. I thought I might do the same. Having never monitored

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The temperature plummets and motivation is lacking

It’s a difficult time of year for training. The weather is not at it’s best and there is nothing harder than forcing myself out in to the dark and cold conservatory to erg. Or out of the house and down to water training after work. Or out of bed early on a Saturday to de-ice the car for weekend outings. I enjoy my rowing and my exercise, but with just the rigmarole of getting to and from work in the

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That was the year that was 2012 – a summary

Yes, it is that time of year again, year end. That can only mean one thing, my annual review of the year! Let’s see if I can successfully save this one though after last year’s over-writing disaster! This year the format is slightly different – hopefully makes it easier to see the break-up of events over the year.

Rowing: an elitist sport? Or just a specialist sport?

(Apologies in advance, this is a long one, but it demands the time!) Rowing isn’t a main stream sport (even though it’s popularity has boomed since the London 2012 Olympics) and all too frequently you hear it referred to as ‘elitist’. I always defend it, but recently thought it may be worth actually considering whether it is. Now, upfront, I am going to remove the rowing schools from the equation – the schools themselves are elitist (or rather, expensive) so

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Why you should never put all your eggs in one basket…

I should have been racing at Fours Head today. For the first time in, well, my entire time at Broxbourne, we got a crew line-up out 8 weeks in advance of the race. Not only that, but all four of us were almost equally matched in build, erg speed and strength. As mentioned in my previous post, our first race of the season was thwarted by illness. But Lou, bounced back and last Saturday and Monday we had two good

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Hello, I'm Angela. I'm Mum to two small people (3 & 0). I'm a Techie, Gardener, cake lover and tea addict. I also have far too many opinions...hence the blog. You can read more about me here. You can also follow me on Twitter so you never miss a post. Hope you enjoy reading!

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