Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Two wheels good..

Challenge 13: Segway ride

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.

It was fun to take part in team relay games, weaving in and out of cones, forward and backwards on the same basis as everyone else; a level playing field.

My favourite part was off road in the woodlands, where we free ranged round the pathways. 

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.

Challenge 14: Tandem Bike ride

The tallest person goes on the front of a tandem apparently and as Keith beats me by a good foot, I was the designated back saddle driver.

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! 

14 out of 20 challenges complete: - .
  1. Climbed My First Mountain - Cadair Idris
  2. Learned How To Punt
  3. Learned How To Hula Hoop
  4. Road Bike Ride
  5. Taken Up Tap Dancing
  6. 5K Trail Run At Wimpole Hall Parkrun
  7. Archery Session
  8. Learning how to climb on an indoor wall
  9. Zumba
  10. Belly Dancing 
  11. High Wire Course
  12. Learning to skip - now up to 103 skips in 2 minutes
  13. Segway ride
  14. Tandem bike ride - bringing up the rear!!
I had a go at a netball taster session a couple of weeks ago but was driven home by the freezing rain and my  unsuitable clothes after 40 minutes, so didn't manage to complete the challenge. A netball in the face didn't help much either ;-) 

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! 

Other ideas for the last 2 months of the 2020 Heart Challenge include: a taster sailing course at Grafham Water Centre next weekend, a flying lesson in a Tiger Moth, ice skating, kayaking with the kiddies and in the days before my anniversary -  a return to the north for a walk along Hadrian's Wall. 

Just one more challenge to think of...maybe a roller-coaster ride, my boy Joe is definitely up for it!

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