Okay, I’ve decided that I’d like to lose some weight this year, so in the spirit of things I decided it was probably time I bought a mountain bike.
I’ve also took up kick-boxing, so after my first session yesterday I’m now feeling slightly sore.
Anyway, the advantages of the bike is that I can lose some weight but I can also get to places I can’t get to in the car, which could be good for photography (I take my trusty Nikon D750 out with me)
When I was picking out a bike I had a bit of criteria that I had set, it had to be under £400, have disc brakes, hardtail but with front suspension – cheap bikes with full suspension are almost invariably awful) and not ugly or plain. So I ended up with the 2018 Diamondback Sync 1, cost £380 quid, had all the things I was looking for and comes in Blue (almost my favourite shade of it too) with some bright neon yellow accents. It’s pretty! It’s this one.
I took my first ride out on it last weekend, a healthy 10 mile jaunt down the coast and back, the problem I found afterwards was that it was my first time riding a bike in about 17 years and I ended up with quite a sore arse from the saddle. I promptly ordered a new saddle that seems to be a bit more comfortable. My backside certainly wasn’t as sore the 2nd time round.
The kick-boxing also seems like it could be fun too, had my first session yesterday (Saturday) and I felt pretty good after it and for the rest of the day. I thought “This is great, no pain!” Today though, not the case! But you know what say, no gain without pain. I did learn that my co-ordination is crap though! Still, I’ll be going back. My kids, or 2 of the 3, are learning to be little Ninjas down there too and seem to be getting on fine, if you’re local to me you should give them a gander. Here’s the Facebook page.
The overall aim is to lose at least 2 stone by June, 3 would be better, but 2 will be a good start at least.
Anyways, that’s pretty much what I’ve been doing since 2018 started. Hopefully I’ll be back in photographical action soon, looking to get my mojo back. Not so much for the studio stuff likes portraiture, but for doing stuff outdoors.
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