Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Goodbye 2014, hello 2015!

It's the last day of 2014, so this is my last blog post of 2014.

Challenges for 2014

This year I haven't covered as many kilometres as I did last year. Still, I'm not too far away from last year's total and not too concerned. That wasn't one of my main goals for 2014 anyway. (There's a slight discrepancy between what Strava says and what I think the distance is)

Coast to coast

I did not attempt this challenge. The reason behind this was I hadn't covered too many miles on the run up to this event and I didn't have a suitable bike. I was going to borrow a colleague's bike as I have once before, but he was in training for a triathlon and so couldn't spare it.

Great North Run

I attempted this challenge and completed the run. However I didn't achieve my time of 01:30:00, instead completing the run in 01:41:21 - 6 minutes and 21 seconds faster than in 2013, so I was very pleased with that.

Super Commuter

This was something that I was very excited to be a part of. It was new and very different. I was to be sent equipment and submit reviews, record my commute route to work and get involved with Cycle to Work day. It was all ran by Cyclescheme and my page can be found here.
Unfortunately, I don't think that this idea was lived out to it's full potential. A lot of the 12 people who won the competition to take part simply didn't participate, choosing just to take the free kit sent to them. I think that is very selfish and I feel for the organisers. With a more committed bunch of people, people who really believe in promoting cycling as a sustainable mode of transport as well as for fun and leisure and competition, the idea could have been pushed a lot further.

As you can see, most people began strong and then tailed off. I know it seems like I'm blowing my own trumpet here, but I'm not. If Cyclescheme run the program again, I hope they get a lot of people who are genuinely excited by the idea.

Other stuff

I joined Spennymoor Cycling Club this year too. This club is ideal for me, as I like to do a lot of varied cycling. Most of the rides this year has been road, with a few rides along the local disused railway lines and short rides to appeal to more casual riders and beginners. This is the good thing about the club, it is not a serious club and if you can't make a ride for whatever reason, there is no problem with that! Next year there are some changes planned, such as new kit and the introduction of mountain biking rides.

The club has also had a couple of riders who have been injured in collisions with cars. I would like to wish all of those affected in these incidents a continued speedy recovery and hope to see them back on the bike 2015.
Whilst I was not there, it has made me think of safety on the road more than ever, especially after these close shaves:

On to the future!

I do not want to finish on such a quite depressing note (as important as it is), so I would like to thank all of you for reading this post and indeed any other posts you may have come across. Thank you for your comments across the various social media pages, I have enjoyed our chats!

I haven't set myself any challenges for 2015 yet...stay tuned!

I will keep blogging in the new year and I hope to keep the conversation going!

What has your 2014 been like? Any plans for 2015? If you have anything you would like to share, leave it in the comments!

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