The Good Things #6

Hello and welcome to The Good Things number 6! Time is flying, isn’t it? Summer holiday season is upon us, which is usually a quiet time in the blogging world, but I’ve decided that now we’ve started, we should keep going, so I will carry on with The Good Things over the summer, although my usual blogging routine might reduce a little.

Thank you so much to everyone who joined in last week, I’m really loving the eclectic nature of them; proof that happiness does indeed mean different things to everyone. I’ve loved all of your posts—we seem to be a gentle, outdoorsy, crafty, thrifty and book-loving community, don’t we? I love that. Although my good thing this week is less gentle and more energetic!

Happiness means different things to everyone. Whether that’s climbing a mountain, baking a cake, spending time with family, travelling somewhere exciting, a gardening or environmental success, visiting a new restaurant, a great outfit post, or your experiences of learning something new, The Good Things is a linky for everyone. For me, happiness is found in the everyday things. It’s about taking notice of the small things and practising gratitude for the life that I have. So, I will join in by writing about something that’s made me happy each week; My Good Thing…

My Good Thing #6 : Rapha Women’s 100k. 

On Sunday, along with about 8,000 other women across the globe, I took part in the Rapha Women’s 100k cycle challenge. The task in hand? To cycle 100k (62 miles) in a day. And despite lack of fitness, under-used navigation navigation skills, and increasingly burning thighs, I did it.

There are two  reasons for this.  One, I have an incredible friend who says ‘yes’ when I ask if she will join me in energetic, often stupid, ideas. And two, once I decide I’m going to do something, I don’t quit. I’m never the fittest, never the fastest, often to be found languishing at the back and swearing a bit. Sometimes I cry. But I’m like the Terminator (if the Terminator were a thirty-something Yorkshire woman) because I just keep going…

It’s amazing what the body can do if pushed. I’ve done a few things that were out of my fitness comfort zone but I tend to find that I a lot of it is simply down to mind over matter. And not having to get up the next day and do it all over again! Once something is over, we tend to forget the horrible bits and feel huge joy and sense of achievement; the kind of euphoria that numbs the mind against the difficulties of what we’ve been through. It’s why that even after a difficult birth we have another child, or  climb more than one mountain, run one more marathon…

So, my name is amongst the finishers of the Rapha Women’s 100k and I will soon get a little badge to sew on to my jacket to commemorate that fact. And that’s definitely a Good Thing… Huzzah!



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See you next week for more of the same…


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5 Responses to The Good Things #6

  1. Manneskjur says:

    Fair play to you! I’m afraid when it comes to the bit where you need to ‘go through the wall’ I tend to burst into tears and then sulk and give up. Luckily there’s people like you in life to balance out people like me!
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  2. Helen Lay says:

    I’ve finally taken the plunge and joined in with you – I hope you like my post. Well done for cycling that far – great job.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Hurray! Thank you so much!

      I’m not sure I’ll be cycling that far again any time soon, but after all the pain had gone, I did immediately start to wonder about another ride…

  3. Stephanie says:

    Wow – well done, I’m pretty sure you will have earnt that badge x
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