I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis four years ago, but once the drugs started to work I was able to walk my mad springer spaniel a little. Then I signed up with an on-line coaching company, lacking confidence, self-esteem, courage just wanting to do a few walks a week. Less than a year later I had found the courage to enter an event, I thought I’d start with a 100km night cycle ride! Along the way I discovered this MTB malarkey and just love it. Since that first event I’ve done a few sportives, a pool based sprint triathlon, and this year a few MTB events too…and I’ve even harnessed the nerves and had a go at a couple of MTB races! I’m always the one at the back, slow, slow, slow but I love it and the tougher you make it the more I like it…if I can’t ride it, I’ll walk it and I use the hashtag ‘alwayswithasmile’.