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Helen's February Blog

Helen's February Blog

February is such a short month, it might only be a few days shorter than most but it seems to pass far quicker than most!

This could be in part due to the fact I spent the first week in Dubai on holiday and taking part in the Ironman 70.3 event - if you want to know how it went you can check out the post here.


Helen in Dubai at the Ironman 70.3


It's finally starting to get a bit brighter, the sun is starting to shine more often, and the mornings are brighter. It's also not pitch black when I leave work in the evenings!

This reminds me that the cycling season will soon arrive, and I am a little concerned that I may be underprepared for this!

I only cycled 4 times through December and January! This was not a good total. Therefore, I am doing my best to take advantage of sunny weekends and slightly milder evenings!


Helen in her Primal Europe Outfit


I'd like to point out that despite my lack of training I did survive the 56mile bike section of the Ironman Dubai 70.3. But with York-Leeds-York sponsored by Primal Europe fast approaching I am not certain I'll manage to get through this event with the same lack of training?!

I also have the Brighton Marathon in April and marathon training takes a fair amount of time so my Primal Europe Source Women's Crop Leggings and Graphite Women's Capri's are working overtime with all the run training I need to get done!

So, when I am not run training I am trying to fit in as many cycle rides as I can! I also like to combine my weekend rides with a chance to be social and have breakfast and/or cake with friends. Although I do confess that one weekend recently this plan almost resulted in no cycling! It was a really cold Saturday morning and I headed to my local parkrun with some friends. Bikes loaded in the car, and the plan was to change after parkrun and drive to an area a little way from home, cycle a loop to a great local bakehouse, stop for cake, cycle a loop back to the cars.


Time for a cup of tea


Having got changed and added many layers to combat the cold (Pixel8 thermal arm warmers were added under my neon heavyweight jersey) we drove to our planned start point! It was wet and windy by the time we arrived and the plan changed - drive to the place we had planned to have breakfast. We got out of the cars and the weather was vile, we were all cold and tired after parkrun so we left the bikes in the car and went for breakfast! Luckily breakfast proved to be just the motivation we needed and after breakfast we successfully headed out for an hours ride!


I'm finding that all good rides at the moment start and/or end with a good cup of tea!

But if tea provides me with the motivation I need I think I'm probably not doing that badly! Time to stop typing and get outside again! Preparation for the events I've entered is taking up a surprising amount of time! Cross your fingers for me that the training pays off when I get to York for my first cycle sportive of the year next month!