Baby shark abs challenge

We've got a 30-day challenge going at work as part of health and wellbeing which involves doing the baby shark abs challenge every day for 30 days. It's the hardest 1 minute and 30 seconds you will do all day. I've been doing it since last Friday and for the first three days, I thought… Continue reading Baby shark abs challenge

How to get exercise without doing any exercise

I've started wearing my Fitbit again and yesterday, without doing any exercise at all, I managed to clock up 15,427 steps and 87 minutes of moderate activity in one day. Now before you get all excited about the possibility of getting exercise while Netflix cruising on the sofa, let me explain what I mean. Yesterday… Continue reading How to get exercise without doing any exercise

The road to hell is paved with chocolate and cars

I can't resist temptation. Buy me a block of chocolate and I'll eat the whole thing in one day.  Replace my bike with a car and I'll drive everywhere becoming fat and lazy. This is why I don't have chocolate in the house and don't own a car. I have no willpower and I don't… Continue reading The road to hell is paved with chocolate and cars

Cargo bike options for older kids and adults

We've had Busby our bakfiets for almost 5 years now. He has been a fantastic investment and I've got so much use out of him. However for the past couple of years I've struggled as the kids are bigger and heavier than they once were. The hills are much harder than they used to be… Continue reading Cargo bike options for older kids and adults

Don’t swear at mothers cycling their kids to school

I was cycling my daughter to school this morning - she is only 6 years old - and a man in a van shouted at us, "You should have a fucking helmet on". I was wearing a helmet. I was wearing a Hövding which is the safest most effective helmet you can buy. I understand that… Continue reading Don’t swear at mothers cycling their kids to school

Nuu Muu and World Bicycle Relief

I found these fantastic dresses for cycling last week. They're actually exercise dresses for any type of exercise: running, cycling, yoga and probably even swimming. They're made by an American company called Nuu Muu. NB: Nuu Muu are not paying me to write this post. I just think they're fantastic because they're so comfortable to wear… Continue reading Nuu Muu and World Bicycle Relief


The school playground saga continues and we're in the process of getting several quotes. Companies that install new playground equipment offer a no-obligation design and quote service and I met one fellow yesterday afternoon to show him the play areas and explain what we wanted. I told him that we can't have swings and slides and I… Continue reading Flatland

Time to say goodbye to the tracky dacks

I always feel a bit sad after a fun weekend away somewhere and immediately start thinking about the next trip. Where should we go next? I want to see more snow. When we arrived home yesterday there was a present waiting for me from my sister which was very exciting. It's some very trendy-looking exercise gear… Continue reading Time to say goodbye to the tracky dacks

A mathematician’s clock and the joy in suffering (just a little bit)

Visitors to our house are always impressed with Ben's clock so I thought I'd share a pic: His sister bought it for him. After our terrific bicycle ride on Saturday I was thinking about what it is that's so good about cycling from one place to another. There's all the obvious things like the "fun"… Continue reading A mathematician’s clock and the joy in suffering (just a little bit)

Running in the rain, bras, husbands, and apocalyptic sex

I'm just back from a run in the rain and sleet and it was glorious; the best run I've had for ages. I felt wonderfully alive. It's good to suffer a little bit every now and again. Although someone living in a rich country with a warm home, running for half an hour in the… Continue reading Running in the rain, bras, husbands, and apocalyptic sex