Feeling happy with my double challenge day success after a Segway rally and a 20+ mile tandem bike ride at Grafham Water Park on Monday. This was especially pleasing as I'd been feeling a bit guilty for not having completed a challenge in the last month.
Segways are two wheeled self balancing battery operated vehicles, designed for a single person to operate by shifting their centre of gravity.
It didn't take long to get the hang of operating the segway, leaning forward to make it go faster, to the left or right for corners and backwards to reverse.
The segway ride was over all too soon and as Keith and I had a rare child free day to ourselves, we decided on impulse to hire a tandem bike for a ride around the Waters.
It was strange to have no control over the speed or direction of the bike and not be able to see where we were going; definitely a trust exercise!
The route round Grafham Waters is just over 10 miles, mostly off road with a few ups and downs.
We rode round it once anti-clockwise in about an hour and a quarter, stopped for lunch in the cafe and then rode around it again in the opposite direction; a bit faster with some flapjack inside us.
The bike was a wee bit crunchy and the gears made some interesting sounds as we were changing up or down and Keith said for him it was definitely much harder than cycling a single bike. I thought it was fine ;-)
In the photo I'm modelling the iLiveiGive T-shirt, to help promote organ donation. There are photos of hundreds of people wearing these T-shirts on their Facebook & Twitter feeds and amongst them is me!
It did look like lots of fun but team games are a toughie for me as I know that my heart functions significantly less well than that of a regular person and coupled with no tactical knowledge or skills, it doesn't make for your first choice team mate!