A cold rainy day in London, not ideal for a three and a half hour cycle ride; nonetheless the ladies powered, or rather power-cycled through. And Lizzie Armitstead came away with Britain’s first Olympic medal of London 2012 – and I have to say it may have inspired me to get on my bike (perhaps when its not pouring with rain though).
Lizzie Armitstead wins silver for Team GB
Watching it, it’s scary how close the cyclists get to each other. And when you think it could all be over if they touch, you realise the amount of concentration and fearlessness of these cyclists. Impressive stuff! Now I am most certainly not usually a sports fan, but even I can appreciate the amount of drive required to win (in case you couldn’t tell I think I’m getting excited). Especially when you consider how absolutely exhausted you would be, having cycled tens of kilometres.
Now I’m not very sporty, so while in my mind having been inspired by today’s cycling, I am the next Olympic cycling champion, I know that that is probably not going to be the reality. Especially when you consider that these athletes train practically every day, all day. So don’t expect to see me competing internationally in the velodrome or as the front runner at the Tour de France anytime soon!
Just in the post because I love these little vintage shopper bikes – makes me think I’ve stepped back in time
Regardless, I remain inspired. The bike is being wheeled out again (excuse the pun)fFor regular riding (which would of course tone the thighs – my biggest nemesis). I have also been toying with the idea of a charity fundraising cycle ride. I read about it months ago and thought to myself ‘that sounds cool’, never did anything about it, but after today I’m finding myself increasingly drawn to the idea. The genesis Research Trust organises cycling trips all around the world and you can now register for Cycle Sri Lanka 2013. I am definitely keen! It’ll be my very own Tour de France – An adventure and for a good cause. It’s being added to my bucket list!
Cycling for a good cause
Right – game on! I’m now off to wipe the cobwebs off the bike …
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Me, a non-sports fan, have suddenly found myself swept up in the London 2012 hype. Why? Well my feelings towards it prior to yesterday were fairly nonchalant: I didn’t really see why people were excited but equally didn’t understand the people moaning. But yesterday I travelled to London for the launch party of the online TV channel I’ve been working on, it just so happened that the launch was at Marble Arch. As I approached said location the torch was apparently going to be ‘travelling’ through there. And for me it was not so much the seeing of the torch that got me thinking. In fact I didn’t manage to catch a glimpse! It was more the atmosphere, everyone around me was excited and talking about the games. You couldn’t move for the people around you and I realised that this was something bringing everyone together.
London 2012 Tower Bridge
As I said I’m not in it for the sport. I’m not particularly riveted by the fact that Usain Bolt may run the 100 metres in 9 seconds (if I blink I might miss it), nor am excited by the thought of watching people on bikes cycle round really fast in circular dome. But that aside while I don’t enjoy the sport itself, I do enjoy watching an athlete’s reaction upon winning and achieving their goal. It’s not the physical feat that I get excited about, I’m not interested in the world records or medals themselves, but watching someone achieving what they have worked so hard for. (And I don’t like to admit it) That is one of the things I do find inspiring about sport.
Some things will be unmissable. I’m excited to see Oscar Pistorius run for the South African team. He of course has been nicknamed the fastest man on no legs. This is a man that has overcome massive adversity to fulfil his dreams. I for one hope he wins!
And of course the other thing I’m excited about is the opening ceremony. I felt the atmosphere in London yesterday and know that it will continue to be incredible. I just want to see what London can do!
Oscar Pistorious aka Fastest Man on No Legs
Maybe this time Boris Johnson will succeed in waving the British flag properly: well we can always hope …
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