12 challenges for 2014Yesterday, I posted about how I had stumbled across  road.cc and their ‘Attaining a Higher State of Consciousness’ Challenge 2014′. Since then I have sat and mulled over what I would like to achieve from my cycling in 2014.  I expected it to be a fairly easy contemplation but I’ve found it tougher than expected. I got five straight away but the others took a bit longer and I’m still stumped by number 12.

What has become clear whilst I’ve been digging around on the internet, doing my reading and getting caught up in all things ‘women’s cycling’ is that actually, there is still a massive gender divide within the sport and the resources out there for women like me.

For example, I wondered about entering a women’s race at some point this year, but when I looked for ones close to me, I couldn’t find any specifically for women. And I can tell you right now, whilst 2014 is the year for challenges, there is no way I will be putting myself in a race against men.

So, my hope for 2014 is that more support develops for women in cycling. More resources become available and more women are specifically catered for. Whilst that is not directly related to my own personal 12 challenges for 2014, it is relevant.

So, here they are, my 12 challenges for 2014:

#1. Complete 50km cycle ride – planned for 25 February 2014

#2. Learn how to fix a puncture – I rely too heavily on my OH. Independent woman and all that…

#3. Get more women involved in cycling – what’s not to love about life on two wheels?

#4. Encourage my daughter to be brave enough to ride her bike – she’s 6 and so scared of falling off.

#5. Try a spot of mountain-biking – down-hill preferably

#6. Try a Breeze Ride – women together on two wheels, how scary can it be?

#7. Complete the London to Paris cycle ride in September 2014 – palpitations at just typing the words

#8. Participate in a sportive – probably in preparation for the London to Paris cycle ride; a little test of my stamina.

#9. Go to a cycling festival – I haven’t been to any kind of festival since 1998, so a festival is long overdue and this one looks awesome, plus it’s in my home county. What could be better!?

#10. Read more cycling blogs – am I just not looking hard enough?!

#11. Brave a 10km  time trial – already concerned about this one. Just the thought of it being timed is bringing me out in hives.

#12. ?

I haven’t found a twelfth challenge yet; more time to ponder needed I think. I’ll be keeping an eye on local races, but just in case nothing comes up, please feel free to offer suggestions and please do share your 2014 challenges. I’d love to hear what you have planned.


49 Comments on 12 challenges for 2014

    • FABULOUS! You may not hear from me for some time – and what’s even better is that they are all written by women 🙂 Love it, thank you Rebecca.

    • If you get chance at some point this year, you should give it try! I’m really enjoying it. I’d love to hear how you get on if you do.

    • What a great idea! I’ve never actually been to Centre Parcs, but the idea of a cycling infused holiday where we can all enjoy being out on the bike sounds like brilliant fun!

  1. Wow you have so much planned, best of luck with the 50k that’s not far away now. I would love to be cycling again but damaged my coccyx in labour (3 yrs ago!) so it’s not happening any time soon.

    I did join the Team Honk Blogger Relay for Sport Relief last week though 🙂
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    • Thank you Charley and I’m really sorry to hear about your damaged coccyx. That must be painful and frustrating.

      Congratulations on completing the Team Honk Blogger Relay – how well is everyone doing? It’s incredible! And the camaraderie has been amazing. Thanks for stopping by – I’m off to check out your posts now. 🙂

  2. Great goals to set yourself, I used to love cycling as a kid, I don’t do any of it now though. I used to love cycling through forests and would probably do about 3miles a day when I was much younger.

    Good luck with your challenges, especially the learning how to fix a puncture!

    Georgie xx

  3. I know Team Honk has already been mentioned but could number 12 be a Sport Relief Challenge? The aim of the Sainsburys Sport Relief games is to Run, Swim or Cycle and you can search for your nearest events on the Sport Relief website

    I have to say I am in admiration. number 7 would have me completely running for the hills but I will follow your challenges with interest.
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    • Thanks Kirsty – hope I’m not setting myself up to fail! Will give it a damn good go! And the Sport Relief Challenge is a great idea. I am already doing the Team Honk blogger relay which will be a 50km cycle ride but a local family orientated cycle might be a really good idea.

    • Thanks Kate! I have to do them all first though! :o/ I am impressed that your friends brave all weathers. Maybe that should be my #12!

  4. I have to be honest that I haven’t cycled for a good many years. I hope to invest in a bike later in the year and make a start on getting fit and healthy.

    • I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. And what I have found brilliant about cycling is you notice a difference in your fitness really quickly. Good luck 🙂

    • That would be amazing…but it has to be cycling related. Perhaps I could do a pilates class for core strength while I’m there! ha!

    • Thanks Emily. Hopefully the #Teamhonk 50km from Grantham to Nottingham that we are doing will continue to spark the enthusiasm so I can get through all of these! 🙂

  5. Wow, go you! I’m so impressed and the time trial does sound scary but I’m sure you’d be great! Good luck finding the 12th, I haven’t touched a bike for years but would really like to one of these days!
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    • Martin, that does look tough. I’m not sure I could do it! Think I need to conquer my fear of hills first! Ha. Good luck if you’re doing it. You’re braver than I am!

    • Sophie, I honestly do love cycle and was pretty sold on it from the beginning really. You should give a Breeze Sky cycle ride a go. They’re great fun! See my post on my ride with them here. Hope that convinces you!! 😉

      Miss N hasn’t had any kind of bad experience, she is just genuinely afraid of falling off!

  6. Great challenges. I haven’t worked out any goals for this year yet – oops. I’m also going to have to learn to fix puncture soon. I’ve gone for years knowing the theory of how to do one but I’ve never put it in to practice. I suspect even my theory is a bit too old to be useful now.
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