Happy New Year
Happy New Year readers, subscribers, followers, fellow bloggers and those of you that accidentally stumbled upon this blog…
This has been an awesome year of blogging and writing and I hope to do much more in 2014. Here’s a quick view of my highlights and favorite moments from 2013:
1st January – So it began. Decided on New Years that I was going write a blog in 2013; having dabbled with a blog about Playstation 3 games and also tried a photo blog, it was time to start something I could get into properly. http://timfromwales.wordpress.com/2013/01/01/happy-new-year/
Obviously it was going to be mainly focused on mountain biking, and I was going to try and write something everyday – this lasted until around August! From then the blog sort of continued but the frequency dropped.
21st January – A snow video. I took out the GoPro Hero 3 properly for the first time yesterday and made a video. Lots of fun, but the Hero 3 poor battery life started to annoy.
14th February – I wrote a post that changed my blogging forever! http://timfromwales.wordpress.com/2013/02/14/faffing-is-it-more-than-just-a-waste-of-time/
23rd February – The Bronze Age Epic. A massive ride with MBSwindon covering a little over 32 miles on my hard tail. This was my first big ride with SPD pedals and it resulted in a twinge in my right knee. This put me off a little but if have persisted, but not yet put the SPD pedals on my full sus bike. http://timfromwales.wordpress.com/2013/02/23/bronze-age-epic/
17th March – Wales one the 6 nations again… http://timfromwales.wordpress.com/2013/03/15/what-do-points-make/
22nd March – Mudtrek. I had heard a lot about Mudtrek and was looking forward to my weekend on Wales. It was a tough ride and I was not fit enough prepared enough for the epic ride on Saturday. http://timfromwales.wordpress.com/2013/03/24/mudtrek-mb-swindon-ride/
31st March – My post about “faffing” made it to MBR Magazine and I became a published mountain bike author! How on earth did that happen??
5th April – Published again, this time on bikemagic.com http://timfromwales.wordpress.com/2013/04/05/have-you-been-bitten/
8th April – Another video from my local trails. I had a lot of fun editing and storyboarding this one. http://timfromwales.wordpress.com/2013/04/08/i-made-a-rock-video/
20th May – Made another video – I like doing this you know!
Bella Where Did you Go?
21st May – a sad day as it was the last day we ever saw Bella. Still miss her loads today. http://timfromwales.wordpress.com/2013/05/22/lost/
June saw me go on an initially apprehensive trip to Bike Village in France. I had no doubts about my riding ability but my fitness and ability to ride and climb for 6 days was seriously questionable.
In the end it was the best week of riding I could have imagined with memories and experiences that transformed my riding and outlook on riding forever.
June was a busy month as I also got my second article published in MBR http://timfromwales.wordpress.com/2013/06/24/a-bridleway-too-far/, and led my first club ride for MB Swindon http://timfromwales.wordpress.com/2013/06/03/ride-report-a-ride-around-tims-house/
26 July – Strava got its little hooks in me and encouraged me to ride places I never rode before. http://timfromwales.wordpress.com/2013/07/26/completed-my-search-for-dirt/
In August I went on a family holiday to the Spanish island of Mallorca and my wife gave me a morning off to ride a hire a bike! http://timfromwales.wordpress.com/2013/08/18/the-great-escape/ and guess what? I made a little video…
From here on the blog frequency died off though there was I organised another MB Swindon club ride in September - http://timfromwales.wordpress.com/2013/09/29/olivers-twists-photos-with-mb-swindon/ and got me some MagicShine lights (I am working on that video) http://timfromwales.wordpress.com/2013/09/20/oh-oh-oh-its-magicshine/
In October I had an awesome weekend of meeting up with old friends (drinking and eating too much) but squeezing in some great bike rides in South Wales - http://timfromwales.wordpress.com/2013/10/23/the-ponds-the-pit-and-the-punch-bowl-part-i/ , including a recce ride for a future MB Swindon ride http://timfromwales.wordpress.com/2013/10/23/the-ponds-the-pit-and-the-punch-bowl-part-ii/
I also kicked off my second web site project - http://thegearfactor.com/
In November I pulled my finger out and set up a Facebook group to try and get some local riders together for regular group rides in my town - http://timfromwales.wordpress.com/2013/11/27/calne-mtb/
December was very thin in terms of blog posts as I started to focus more on http://thegearfactor.com/ - This site will still run and will be my personal stuff – I hope you have enjoyed reading the occasional post and will continue to follow me in 2014.
Happy New Year, Tim (FromWales)