We kicked off the year with our 3 week trip to the land of Aus which certainly didn't disappoint. Wish we done it earlier and had Danni with us but circumstances got in the way. It certainly was a trip of a lifetime and we will certainly be going back to see some more! Have a look back through the #AussieAdventure to see what we got up. Everyone asks me what was the one single highlight - I suppose it has to be climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge but honestly each element of the trip was a highlight - cycling in the Grampians, the wildlife, city life, the food, the wine (OMG the wine!), watching the Tour Down Under and seeing Richie Porte win at Willunga Hill.
|The Bridge Climb|
|The Grampian Mountain cycling|
|Richie Porte smashing Willunga Hill, TDU|
|Spending 2 weeks with these gorgeous people|
|My favourite view of the year - Canterbury C&C Club site|
The Tribby trips have had an impact on the cycling, which is a massive frustration. The weather has also had a major effect - it's either been too wet or too windy. I have though increased my furthest distance which was a goal for this year. My longest ride should've been the Davina Big Sussex Bike Ride but I didn't quite make that because of the weather. My new distance is 54 miles (88 km) so maybe next year's Davina or another sportive will crack the 60 mile furthest distance I'd have preferred.
|Safety talk by Davina herself|
|I was enjoying it - honest! It had just started to spit with rain at this point|
|Had to give in and put on a waterproof jacket|
This year saw me gain my cycling battle scars with my first road spill.
|One chilly morning riding with Nik & Amanda|
|Ruined my expensive arm warmers|
|and ruined my right knee|
|The next morning|
|Feeling sorry for myself|
|Still smiling though - at the top of Bitch (The Dyke) Hill|
This year I've finally started to lose some of the 2.5 stone I gained by joining Slimming World. Todate I've lost 13lb (just under a stone). It's surprising what a difference those few pounds are making. Sometimes it's hard to stay on plan, especially when we've been away in Tribby - I do like my treats like a glass or two of wine with dinner and a coffee and cake mid-morning. Sometimes life has to be about living. At least with Slimming World I know if I stick to the plan I can lose so I haven't beaten myself up if I've slipped for a couple of days. The run up to Christmas could be difficult but I just have to be sensible. Another stone at least to go - I'll be happy at 9 and a half!
2017 is building up to being an exciting year - with my 50th in April and Danni's 21st. We've already booked a holiday that I've wanted to do many years. Not as exciting as going to Australia but Crete has sat on the "to do" list for too many years. Lots of plans coming together - walk the Samaria Gorge, the Palace of Knossos, enjoy the Greek food and we've even upgraded our room with our own swim up pool.