a nice ride

March 21, 2015

I had the nicest experience this morning when I was out for my ride. Saturday and Sunday I take my bike out and do my Redcliffe route. It’s about 65km and a gorgeous scenic ride by the seaside. I was bunny hopping with a group of about seven riders this morning when J rolled up beside me at a red light and asked if I wanted to join them.

“Brisbane chicks who ride bikes” is a social group of all females plus one husband who ride socially.  J who rode with me gave me lots of good advice. Apparently I had all my gears wrong so by the time she had finished, I was speeding along with no more effort than normal. And one must always remember to keep the lead in your heels – that means pushing down with your heel, not your toes! Who would have known.

It probably does not sound like much to you, but I was really chuffed they slowed up and invited me along. I may yet become one of those lycra clad people supping coffee on a Saturday morning (except I will be the one drinking tea).


ivf babies

November 20, 2014

Sometimes other people’s bravery puts me to shame. I bumped into a friend yesterday who shared some exciting news – she’s going to have an IVF donor baby. Whilst that in itself is not earth shattering, she is doing it alone as she is not married nor does she have a partner.

But at the age of 42, she decided to stop ignoring the tick of her biological clock and has started the pre-process of IVF (In vitro fertilisation). It’s been a merry-go-round of doctors appointments, blood tests, counselling sessions, and lots of reading. She sounded like a medical dictionary with all the medical terms she was reeling off to me.

So yesterday she got the big tick and come January she will start her treatment. She’s got lots of supportive friends but it is still a step into the unknown. As she said to me today “a massive but liberating step”. And if it doesn’t work out, she knows she tried and there will be no regrets.

Brave … so very brave.


hybrid vs road bike

October 23, 2014

My lovely Giant ladies hybrid bike is 15 months old and I finally took the plunge today and bought myself a road bike.

I had to go to the 99 Bikes  store a few weeks ago and thought I would check out my options. I asked the sales man how long before people upgrade to a road bike? His response was “when you are fed up with going slow and having everyone pass you!”  Well that was me!

So I bypassed the “want vs need” argument and splashed out on a shiny new Merida road bike. It’s black and white and purple and really cool (well I think so anyway). I  took it for a spin tonight and what a difference … very speedy 🙂 The real test will be Saturday when I can see how far and how fast I manage to travel.