For the past 7 weeks I have been taking part in the 5×50 Challenge. I do hope I’ve not bored you with my updates! The hardest thing about completing this challenge has been keeping the updates a bit more interesting than, “we went for a walk”…
For those of you that aren’t in the loop 5×50 is a challenge where you have to walk, run or cycle 5k a day for 50 days. It started back on Sunday 27th April. The philosophy behind 5×50 is that exercise should become a habit not a chore.
This weekend was the final day 50, and what a weekend it was, but first I need to fill in you in on the final few days:
You may have seen the post, but we went for a walk in Yewdale Woods, 10k complete.
I got my bike tyre fixed! A quick cycle to the next village and back another 5K.
Uh oh, a failed day but rescued with a Daddy babysitter… A quick power walk for Mummy – 5K check.
I’m enjoying the weather so much, I went walking through the fields with an Ice cream and the Robot. 5K.
Cycled to my Fit4Mums class and back, aswell as the exercises, consider that 5K done.
Walking to Kendal and back with Mum, 5K.
Cycled to our campsite for the night, 16K
Then Cycled back again, another 16K, pictures to follow.
So there you have it, a whole 50 days of getting out of the house and enjoying ourselves. I’ve really enjoyed taking part this year. I probably would have gone out every day anyway but this way I got to achieve a goal!
The best thing about this challenge is getting the Robot on the back of the bike and getting cycling again myself. We’ve gone on several rides over the 5×50 with one goal in mind, a cycle camp. We managed it this weekend…
Cycle Camping to Helwith Bridge
We sat watching the Robot play on Saturday morning talking about what we’d like to do this weekend. It was 7am so the possibilities were still endless! I suggested camping, but as we camped last weekend Dave wasn’t too keen. This coming from Dave surprised me, so I suggested well why not try on the bikes too? The idea born, we swung into action…
Our chosen campsite at Helwith Bridge is 30 miles away, somewhere we would’ve cycled too in the past. With the Robot in tow though we opted to catch the train closer. With a deadline of a train to catch we were ready to go by 11am.
We arrived in Bentham a little while later, fuelled up on sausage rolls and krispie cakes, we set off on what would be our 12 mile cycle ride. The first leg was all up hill, but brilliant views when we got up there.
The Robot is pretty good, he fell asleep about 30 minutes in. We took an off-road cycle way at one point, that required pushing the bikes up and over boulders (mini rocks). I am so impressed he stayed asleep at this point. It was well worth it though as traffic free cycling is the way forward! 10 miles isn’t too far once you’re used to it. Our destination in view and only 1.30pm!
We set up camp and offloaded our camping gear and cycled into the village of Horton in Ribblesdale to buy ice cream. Only another mile, so it really wasn’t that bad! Dave got stung by a bee while we were there and was more relieved that it was him that got stung rather than his son who was close by too.
Back at the campsite we had an hour to play around before a reasonable tea time, we made cups of teas and entertained the Robot. I had a play with back carrying the Robot on my back with my woven wrap. Turns out I can do it but just need to tie it better! Luckily, and partly why we chose the campsite, there was a pub next to the campsite. We got to have tea out for a change, steak and ale pie all round.
Night time was relatively straight forward. The Robot slept better than the previous week. Dave and I got cuddle with wine in the porch of the tent until it got too cold and we headed into our sleeping bags for rest. The morning bought sun and clouds and a 7am wake up. We had a train to catch at midday, not wanting to miss it, we got up, ate porridge and packed up in time to get to the station. An hour early. Dave not one for resting on his laurels went and bought bacon and beans and made us some brunch on the station platform!
Overall a fantastic way to end the 5×50 Challenge. We have many plans ahead for the summer and lots of adventures that we want to go on. Hopefully we will be able to take you with us.
Some of my favourite memories from the last are recorded in blog form:
Walking in Yewbarrow Woods, the Lake District
Do you want to know more about the 5×50 for next year? Why not have a look at their website below. They are taking sign ups for 2017 already! Rest assured though I’ll probably take part next year too, so I’ll remind you!