Messing around on bikes can have goals

Recently I’ve reverted to being a big kid. I’ve hardly been out on a “proper” ride and it’s been weeks since I took my road bike out with the local club. Am I bothered? Not really. I’ve been having an ace time just messing around in the woods, practising jumps, sorting my cornering technique, laughing at mates attempting the same…

I’ve had no any objective to get anywhere in terms of riding time/speed/mileage but I have set myself goals. This is actually more than I do on a “proper” ride, so has been enormously satisfying.

For example a couple of weeks ago I went to Farmer John’s downhill park at Marple Bridge. I was a little intimidated at first since I’m far from a downhiller. My mate pointed me to a tabletop bridge and suggested we try and jump over it. I thought he was having a laugh since it was nearly 20 feet long! The goal was set and we got on with it.

I landed short as expected, but each jump got me a little closer to the other side and this gave me the confidence boost to genuinely think I could do it. After 6 or 7 attempts I blooming well nailed the thing and was chuffed to bits. Even better, I went back the following week and did it over and over again.

Goals. It’s great when you reach them. “Messing around on bikes” can progress your riding just as much if not more than a “proper” ride.

My boys on the Tissington Trail last summer


Now that a bit of sunshine is appearing and the days are getting noticeably spring-like, I thought it’s be good to dig out some footage of what summer days are all about. Here’s my beautiful boys enjoying some riding on the Tissington Trail. James is on a specially made trike to help him with his balance.

The music is my own composition using the Figure App on the iPhone.

Not been here for a while

I’d lost interest in blogging for a while. I couldn’t quite workout where it fitted in between social media, especially since no one really reads this stuff I write! 🙂

The thing is, this site is a good way to bring together my Tweets and my Flickr photos, so I suppose it makes sense to keep it up to date. With that in the forefront of my mind, here’s a fun little video I made following a recent tandem skydive I did with the Red Devils.