Get fit in Pembrokeshire
Pembrokeshire is getting fit! Visit Wales’ theme for this year is ‘Year of Adventure’, so I shall be highlighting some of the activity adventures, as well as the foodie adventures you can have over the coming blogs.
We have hosted Ironman Wales at Tenby for the last few years, we also have the Long Course Weekend as preparation, and all over Pembrokeshire, muddy trials, coast path trail running, cycling and swimming are becoming the norm.
A while ago, before I had the B&B, I was an avid cyclist(amateur, I hasten to add) and it was not unusual for me to cycle around 60 miles a day, rain or shine. Over time, a lack of warming up and cooling down and a spell of inactivity led to my back/hip/leg giving up and so my bikes were left to gather dust and cobwebs in the shed….
I have, over the last few years, been trying to ‘sort out’ my physical issues and I do feel I am at last on the way back to health to the extent that I feel I can get back on my bike-yaayyy!
I think the fact that Pembrokeshire is becoming a haven for all things keep fit, have helped me realise that my very considerable aches and pains were not just down to age but something I could fix.
We are very lucky here to have a cycle path practically outside the door that will lead you into Milford Haven, onto Neyland and then onto Haverfordwest, via the Brunel Cycle trail. Much of this is off road cycling on purpose built cycle paths and the Brunel Trail is through woodlands and wetlands and fields-no traffic at all!
One of my favourite memories is cycling along this trail, and stopping to have a little picnic with my mate Gill on a glorious summer, sunny day. Gill was the person who started me on cycling, one day she just announced she had bought us 2 ‘shoppers’- Raleigh bikes with little baskets on them and 3 gears. All well and good, but mine only had 1 gear that would work!
We took them to the local cycle repair shop to get them fixed, and they laughed at us, but undeterred off we went-me with a huge softy cushion pad under my derierre, as I found the seat way to uncomfortable! What we must have looked like I couldn’t say, but we didn’t seem to mind-thankfully, the cycling bug hadn’t really caught on back then(2008), so we didn’t have to compare ourselves to the very professional looking cyclists you see now.
I didn’t have a bike when I was growing up, other than a 3 wheeler, so my cycling skills left (and still do) leave a lot to be desired, but we both enjoyed and over time we got tremendously fit. Out in all weathers, all seasons we really enjoyed. We always ended our cycle with a coffee & cake at the Neyland Café, or a spot of lunch-highly recommended!
Well, so back to the present day- my hybrid bike has just been serviced, I am armed with warm up and cool down exercises and all I am waiting for is a nice day to have my first foray out along the cycle path-not too far to start though. I don’t want to ruin all the hard work I’ve put into sorting my back/hip/leg issues out!
So, Pembrokeshire is getting fit and I am joining in. I don’t think you’ll see me in Ironman, other than for encouraging on the competitors! I’ll talk more about Coast Path Running and other adventures in some future blog posts.
If you’re coming to Pembrokeshire on holiday, you can bring your bike, as we have a lockable bike shed here or you can hire a bike from Pembrokeshire Bikes …Click here or at Neyland Marina, just at the start of the Brunel Trail at Neyland Yacht Haven: Bike Hire at Neyland Marina
Other places for bike hire: Mikes Bikes Haverfordwest
If you’re interested in some ‘muddy events’ then contact Man-Up UK who are based in St Davids.