Cycling is the way forward!

I read an interesting article the other day in The Independent which emphasised the benefits of walking and/or cycling to work, paying particular emphasis on the lower body fat of individuals compare to drivers. Since moving closer to work a couple of years ago, I have relished the energy and the new lease of life that I now seem to have, and it is in part due to this. Even though my cycle is only ten minutes, it wakes me up in the morning and allows me to focus on something else after a hard day at the office. Here is the article.

In Central London, it has been known to be a controversial topic due to the amount of injuries or arguments with drivers. But the amount of cycle routes and highways allow for more safety and less disruption. I have only cycled in the centre a few times, but I felt the pressure to move off quickly and flit around the traffic. Where I live, there is not so much chaos so I don’t feel so vulnerable. Besides, the river provides amazing scenery when it is seen at dawn.

I’ve recently invested in some road bike shoes (even managed to sort the cleats myself!) in preparation for road bike fun. I’ll have a go with them tomorrow on a spinning bike in the gym.

 

Cycling is something that’s changed my life for the better. I’m healthier and fitter than I was this time 2 years ago, and I hope to improve my general wellbeing even more. So back on the healthy eating and the miles in the saddle it is! 

A year to go until I fly outta here!

Well, would you look at that! It’s officially a year until I fly out to Lima to start my year of fun. Hurrah!

A friend of mine is also coming to Peru with me which is great as he had always wanted to do the Inca Trail as well. So at least I’ll have a friendly face at the start me off. I imagine I could feel a little overwhelmed initially! I’m hoping a few more friends come out and join me as some will be turning 30 in the same year.

I’ve started to make a list of all the important things I need to think about (visas, jabs etc). I’m not sure how I’d manage to flit between the various types of currency. Do I use my UK bank accounts? Is there a travelling bank account I could use? What if I buy souvenirs along the way and use up my whole rucksack space?? If they’re big items, I could try and post them home but that might be expensive?

Saving is going pretty well – I’m definitely having to be strict. But it’s worth it. I hold some shares at work so will sell them when the share price goes up a bit. I’ll have to look into renting my flat out too. Hopefully someone at work might be interested.

I’m enjoying reading travelling blogs on here and it makes me feel better that others have also felt the same things that I do. The same insecurities and doubts as well as enthusiasm. So yay! I’m not alone!