This week I have cycled Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday - totalling around 3.5 hours and approximately 20 miles . I love the way I feel when I exercise in the morning, however my helmet hair and beetroot face does nothing for my image, especially when I am wearing a fluorescent yellow jacket and a flashing light on my helmet too.
I have a wonderful folding Brompton bike and a very roomy bag that sits in front of the handlebars, however when it is folded up and I have a bike in one hand and my bag, loaded with laptop, papers, clothes to change into and make-up bag and my ipad in the other hand, that all weighs quite a lot. I have quite a few stairs to walk up and down at the London train stations and I am amazed at how people turn into a stampede of cattle when they disembark the train to head off to the office - they will not step aside to let you pass, preferring instead to knock into you. I now have a collection of lovely bruises on my legs where my bike has been knocked into me.
Despite the downside of my new cycle regime, I know that this will all assist me in getting rid of 2 years worth blubber that has accumulated on my lower region. My previous journey to work involved a 120 mile round trip in my car, taking on average 2 hours each way. That journey coupled with a desk job for 8+ hours a day is the reason I look the way I do now. I have signed up for WW online, so with a double attack of exercise and better carefully planned diet, I am looking forward to being able to reduce some of the clothes I have made.
If I can squeeze in 1 run a week and some weights too I think I will have a good all-round routine going.