Friday Link Feast #15

What do you mean, it's Saturday?!

  • The Baby-Sitters Club Changed My Life
    Loved this post by a bloke called Stu about how Stacey The Well-Dressed Diabetic From New York helped the girls in his life understand his Type 1 diabetes.
  • Cycletta – Cycling events for women
    Any UK cycling ladies out there? I'll be taking part in the Cycletta North bike ride on October 2 in Tatton Park, Cheshire. Cycletta events are women only bike rides on safe, traffic free roads for complete novices and experienced riders alike.

    I was offered a media place and my first reaction when I saw the email was to scream/delete – not coz of the distance (can hear my hardcore cycling pals snorting at 40km ;) but because five years after buying my bike I'm still too shitscared to ride it! Once or twice a year is pretty rubbish Cost Per Ride economics.

    But I ended up saying YES coz Cycletta seems like a great way to give cycling a proper go, once and for all. More on this soon – including a wee interview with Olympic Gold medallist Victoria Pendleton (woo!) – but thought I'd mention the event now in case anyone out there was up for it too!

  • Medicinal Marzipan – Body Lovin' Homework
    I met Mara at Fitbloggin and she was smart, hilarious and charismatic as heck. As soon as I got home I stalked casually perused her blog and discovered Body Lovin' Homework, a series of writing prompts "created with the express intention of bettering our relationships with our bodies through creative means". I tried out some of the exercises and it was powerful stuff.
  • Zen Habits – The Spiral of Successful Habits
    I know I've banged on about baby steps around here far too often but this post reiterates how small actions can grow into honking huge changes!
  • Green Gourmet Girafe – Why does food history matter?
    You could spend a week reading this amazing post from Johanna – it's packed with fantastic links and insights about food history and memory and meaning. A must for food nerds!

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17 thoughts on “Friday Link Feast #15

  1. Loved the BSC article! My diabetic partner doesn’t realize it but he has a lot to thank Stacey for.

  2. I’m tempted to come riding with you… though I may die… going to have to have a look a the site now.

    I was going to challenge you to the ride across the top next year!… maybe we can work up to it!

  3. Sorry to hear you’re still struggling with the bike & I hope the Cycletta is the prompt that gets you back on yours (I couldn’t stay sane without mine). Are there any similarly paced women around you you could ride with? Sometimes we just want to go round at our own speed and not want to spend a whole bike ride looking at the diminishing dot in the distance that is our significant other. I’ve been cycling for years and this STILL happens to me. Or maybe you just need to try a different bike? I don’t know what yours is like but a really sporty one, however carefully adjusted, can be a bit daunting to ride. Something slower and steadier might be more your cup of tea at least to start.

  4. That Zen habits bloke seems so smug but alas his words make MUCH SENSE.
    PS you know how to get better at riding your bike, don’t you? GET ON IT ((hugs))

  5. Hmm…think I might try the Body Lovin’ Homework, sounds like it’d be good for where I’m at right now. Happy weekend m’darlin’! :-)

  6. I’m very tempted. I have a husband who cycles about two hundred miles a week and whenever we cycle together he is usually half a mile ahead. Not very motivating! I checked out the website and it made me laugh that there will a Helmet Hair Remedy Centre! This could be a deciding factor : )

  7. Woo! Tatton Park is very near me! Make sure you drop lots of hints nearer the time so I can remember to go cheer you on :)
    This post and a recent comment to a friend have prompted me to email my local Cycling England initiative to ask about one-to-one adult cycling lessons. I’ve never been able to ride a bike! Hopefully that’ll change by the end of the year… So thanks for more inspiration, Shauna! xx

  8. Cycletta looks really cool, wasn’t aware of it until I read this post. I think I am going to sign up for the Tatton park event!

  9. I only learnt to ride a bike because otherwise my mum was going to give it to my sister – small things can sometimes get us on the bike – hope this is the prompt you need to get cycling

    Thanks for the link to my history post – glad you enjoyed it – though I know it is a mammoth post to read through

  10. I’m so excited that you’re going to do the cycling program…I wish I could be there to train with you and do the final ride together, but we’ll just have to virtually experience the fun together. :)

  11. Oh Shauna, no matter how long I am away from your blog, I stop by, and am reminded how much I love you! I was making some tea and thought of you, and I’m so glad! Thanks for making me smile!

  12. I took part on a women only cycling event last weekend. A group of 50 of us cycled from York to Amsterdam and back covering around 300 miles and burning around 20,000 calories in 4 days. I raised £1,000 for Marie Curie cancer care. It was a real challenge and I loved every minute of it. The ride is an annual event. x