Looking at my calendar, March always seemed to be a bit busy… As it turns out living through it was quite an experience – lots of fun was had, many many miles driven, lots of new biking friends made and just about every variation on weather encountered…

February left us, and I was optimistic that the weather would improve and I would finally get a chance to fully experience life running my relatively new mountain bike coaching and guiding business alongside my sports massage business (and my part time job as a youth mtb coach at Scottish Cycling). 

I was in a whirlwind of planning coaching, packing kit, delivering sessions, unpacking muddy kit, packing clean kit, washing bikes, planning routes, driving round the country! I was having a blast..

In this crazy month, I have guided a ride for International womens day in the Peak district (organised by GirlBikeVan), run a coaching weekend for 7 people (and 5 dogs) down in Yorkshire, at Dalby Forest, gained experience as an assistant level 3 leader with the wonderful Sean from Marmalade MTB – in Wales, the weekend that the snow dumped big time!!! What a contrast from day 1 at Afan to day 2 in the Brecon Beacons!

Peak district International womens day ride – inspiring to see so many ladies of all abilities out enjoying their mountain bike adventure.

A Welsh wonderland – Afan in spring 

What a difference a day makes 

Dalby Forest – adventures with bikes and dogs 

Coaching in the jump park

In my happy place

Day 2 at Dalby – coaching in the jump park

Among all this, I also gained my lovely new work bike – but have had to suspend use due to a rear shock issue, I have completed a course in kinesiology taping to support my massage business and have run a coaching session for the regional youth race group under my Scottish cycling remit.

I managed to cram in a couple of rides with friends – be rude not too….. At Ae Forest and at Mabie….. Lovely to have vistors and to show them round some local trail goodness..

After this is written, I am jumping in the van and heading north – for 2 days of assisting with the youth downhill race squad….slightly apprehensive but excited to develop my coaching – and my Roost DH kit will be right at home!  Looking at the forecast, I reckon my Cloudburst jacket will also be required – I have been very thankful to have that this winter!!! 

So…mad March is nearly over….. what will April bring? More next time…..

Liz Peacock

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