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A Contradictory Life

Hydro health and other travel dreams!

I wrote what is still one of my favourite posts on this blog two years ago… An excerpt from ‘A Cycle Trilogy‘; I have been thinking about life and all its nuances lately. I have explored this inner tension concerning being … Continue reading

Yoga is both challenging and forgiving

I am still trying to heal from one of the worst flus I have had in years so this weekend, I rolled out my yoga mat for the first time in over two weeks and I could not even reach … Continue reading

Three things to take from yoga practice into everyday life

I managed to make the 5 pm yoga class at gym the other night as I have taken a few days off work to study and I might have to leave work early every Tuesday from now on to make … Continue reading

Body Symmetry: 18 x more effective than gym!

Hi! I did 20 minutes of exercise last Monday and was still STILL stiff at the weekend. Yes, an entire week. Wednesday (the second day after exercise which is well-known as the worst day) was, well uh…the worst. I was … Continue reading

Sleep can be too much of a good thing

Robin Sharma has said that people who join what he has coined the “5 am club” rule the world. I am back to my 4 am waking routine after a few weeks of sleeping “in” – hello new year/studying/gym/crazy work … Continue reading

Cycology 371

A quick update! As readers of this little blog here well know, Wes and I have been mountain biking avidly for over a year and are still loving every second of it. A year ago I wrote a post, The road to … Continue reading

We are not blocking traffic, we are traffic: an organised coincidence

In the same vein as the Jozi Run events I took part in last year (‘Taking back the streets – a random juxtaposition‘ and ‘An empty achievement‘), Critical Mass is also a social movement to “take back the streets” and pure adrenalin … Continue reading

A socially acceptable drug and the seemingly insignificant

If there is one thing that is synonymous with cycling it is the culture of drinking coffee. Although in December I learnt that this much loved stimulant is not for me. Something that I need to remember lately. Some days … Continue reading

The end of a season

On the 11th of November 2012 we took part in the 94.7 MTB Challenge which concluded our “racing season” for the year. It was tough (have I said that for every single one of my cycling posts? I think I … Continue reading

PDA Proud

Just a quick post to announce to the world how very proud I am of my boyfriend! This mountain biking thing – he is doing SO well! He bought a book called the Mountain Bikers Training Bible on Kalahari written by Joe Friel just … Continue reading

Perseverance to prove a point

Last week Saturday Wes and I cycled at Thaba Trails (absolutely gorgeous but will post photos and a break-down in another post). When we got there we decided to do the 13km trail as Wes was in his “recovery week” and I … Continue reading

The food of champions

Tea is drunk to forget the din of the world. – T’ien Yiheng I am so behind on my blog posts, my last one was published on the 31st of October and time has just flown; the past few weeks have … Continue reading

A cycle trilogy

A trilogy is a set of three works of art that are connected, and that can be seen either as a single work or as three individual works. – Definition We have mostly been training and cycling at Northern Farm and we love it … Continue reading

It’s all technical

Fears are educated into us and can, if we wish, be educated out. – Karl Augustus Menninger This past Saturday we cycled in the Nissan Trailseeker #4 Van Gaalen. It was tough but we did well in our first Half Marathon … Continue reading

Believe

Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony. – Thomas Merton On Saturday 22 September Wes and I took part in the Bainbridge Believe Project Race held at Northern Farm where we do most of our … Continue reading

An empty achievement

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. – Anne Frank I really enjoyed the first Run Jozi 10km event so when it was announced that entries for the next one were … Continue reading

Going down and dirty

I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden. – Ruth Stout As we enjoyed our experience at the previous Nissan organised mountain biking event so much, we decided to enter for Nissan Trailseeker … Continue reading

The road to nowhere

Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain A few months ago before Wes and I had even started cycling we bought a voucher on Daddy’s Deals for a weekend away. The first date they had available for us to book was the … Continue reading

A Diamond in the rough

Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without one – Chinese proverb As I have written previously, Wes and I recently took up mountain biking and are both hooked! In order to celebrate our four-year anniversary and our … Continue reading

An imaginary line that divides something into equal or roughly equal halves

Get a bicycle. You will not regret it if you live. – Mark Twain The day I wrote my exam Wes arranged with the amazing people at Linden Cycles to pick up our mountain bikes which we had reserved. During the … Continue reading

Taking back the streets – a random juxtaposition

 You are a human being. You have rights inherent in that reality. You have dignity and worth that exists prior to law. – Lyn Beth Neylon This morning driving to work I became stuck in protests happening in Kya Sands, Johannesburg. My … Continue reading