A tricky beginning...


I was 45, lots of energy, but no passion for a new activity… the weight had started to slowly stack up. I did a half-hearted run now and again which stemmed the decline but wasn’t enough to get me trim. I’d always had a bike, mainly of the off road variety but again this had always been used in adulthood as another half-hearted gesture to extract myself off the settee and away from the biscuit tin. Passing Halfords one day I decided to pop in for inspiration and there, at half price was a shiny yellow Carrera TDF road bike and I thought, ‘I’m having that!’ and so began the new love.

It all started gradually and there was that initial feeling on day one of how easy it was all going to be, whizzing around on a super slick road bike, defying gravity on the many hills surrounding Newquay, effortlessly speeding along the flat, smooth tarmac. Reality kicked in on the first climb of any note coming out of Crantock village 3 miles outside Newquay. Now, I knew I was overweight, but not on the Boris Johnson or even David Cameron level, just a few extra kilos of middle aged lard, but I felt like Big Narstie on that first hill and it hit home that this was not going to be a breeze if I wanted something good out of this new, potential hobby.

As I started to realise, there is no feeling quite like the pain and sickening sensation that accompanies a ‘difficult’ hill climb, albeit on this first occasion it amounted to 300 metres at 7% gradient, hardly Porlock Weir, but a new experience for my body and not one it was loving. I stopped about 50 metres from the top, wheezing and panting like a pug on a walk. I am not one to ditch something too readily, but I was thinking seriously that maybe this was not for me at this age and, as experience has shown me with several would-be partners, this is all too common a thought and subsequent action. It is a very unpleasant feeling that you either embrace or decide to never experience again and I am so glad to this day that I decided I had to suffer it, if I was to head in a new and healthier direction.

I won’t lie and say it got better quickly. For some it will do. But as I learned it’s a combination of factors, all of which need to improve in order to start enjoying long climbs or merely just to get up them and not be a total wreck at the top. In my experience it boils down mainly to three elements: weight, lung capacity/condition and leg strength. In my case, the weight was not too bad, but not ideal, and in fact I think the other two factors are bigger issues, as you can get away with some extra pounds if the other bits are in order.

My main issue was probably my lung health, given my asthmatic past, and over the next couple of years this gradually improved beyond recognition as I coughed and wretched and expelled a lifetime of mucus wedged deep in my lung space; this condition was far more noticeable on morning rides and as I now know, much of this was also due to my being of a ‘Kapha’ nature, whereby I am inclined to be slow and laborious at that time of day and come to life later on. I now find no difference in a morning, afternoon or evening ride and attribute this primarily to my cycling but also to the kind of foods my nutritionist wife steered me onto, as part of improving my overall health.

So, several months into a riding regime of a few decent rides per week (20 odd miles) the weight was decreasing, the lungs improving, the limiting factor for me was now leg strength. Some of the climbs on my Dorset or Cornwall routes are fairly beastly and there were one or two I simply could not crack and others I only just managed by virtue of them thankfully ending just in time. Hardy’s monument climb from Martinstown took four attempts to crack, it’s wicked little final kick doing me over on the previous three occasions. The sheer length and final few hundred metres of increased gradient on Portesham hill got me four times before I finally got to grips with it and crested the beast in granny cog.

What I noticed was that, in the early days of hill climbing, I was relying on a mixture of legs and lungs in equal part to drive me up the hill and as the lungs were not up to it, they were at capacity and the legs were like jelly, usually before the climb ended. As time went on and the legs started to strengthen and the lungs improve, I was finding there was less demand on my lungs and the strength in my legs was taking the strain to a larger degree. It does take a while and many miles, but eventually the legs ‘strain harden’, new muscles appear where they weren’t before and bingo, you can start to take those hills on, without hyper-ventilating.

So, the early days of this new hobby can be soul destroying, with the very understandable feeling of the instant need to ditch the new venture and put the bike on ebay. Resist this urge, ride on, crack that hill at the nth attempt, lose weight, clear lungs, get toned legs and see parts of the countryside you would never fully ingest at this speed. It will open a new world and a new you !

This privacy policy applies between you, the User of this Website and Vivienne Clifton, the owner and provider of this Website. Vivienne Clifton takes the privacy of your information very seriously. This privacy policy applies to our use of any and all Data collected by us or provided by you in relation to your use of the Website.

Please read this privacy policy carefully.

Definitions and interpretation

1.  In this privacy policy, the following definitions are used:

Data

collectively all information that you submit to Vivienne Clifton via the Website. This definition incorporates, where applicable, the definitions provided in the Data Protection Laws;

Cookies

a small text file placed on your computer by this Website when you visit certain parts of the Website and/or when you use certain features of the Website. Details of the cookies used by this Website are set out in the clause below ( Cookies);

Data Protection Laws

any applicable law relating to the processing of personal Data, including but not limited to the Directive 96/46/EC (Data Protection Directive) or the GDPR, and any national implementing laws, regulations and secondary legislation, for as long as the GDPR is effective in the UK;

GDPR

the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679;

Vivienne Clifton,  

 we  or us

Vivienne Clifton of Apartment 8 The Lighthouse,  4 Pentire Avenue, Newquay,   Cornwall,  TR7 1PA;  

UK and EU Cookie Law

the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 as amended by the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011;

User or you

any third party that accesses the Website and is not either (i) employed by Vivienne Clifton and acting in the course of their employment or (ii) engaged as a consultant or otherwise providing services to Vivienne Clifton and accessing the Website in connection with the provision of such services; and

Website

the website that you are currently using, ayurvedacornwall.uk, and any sub-domains of this site unless expressly excluded by their own terms and conditions.

2.  In this privacy policy, unless the context requires a different interpretation:

a. the singular includes the plural and vice versa;

b. references to sub-clauses, clauses, schedules or appendices are to sub-clauses, clauses, schedules or appendices of this privacy policy;

c. a reference to a person includes firms, companies, government entities, trusts and partnerships;

d. "including" is understood to mean "including without limitation";

e. reference to any statutory provision includes any modification or amendment of it;

f. the headings and sub-headings do not form part of this privacy policy.

Scope of this privacy policy

3.  This privacy policy applies only to the actions of Vivienne Clifton and Users with respect to this Website. It does not extend to any websites that can be accessed from this Website including, but not limited to, any links we may provide to social media websites.

4.  For purposes of the applicable Data Protection Laws, Vivienne Clifton is the "data controller". This means that Vivienne Clifton determines the purposes for which, and the manner in which, your Data is processed.

Data collected

5.  We may collect the following Data, which includes personal Data, from you:

a. name;

b. contact Information such as email addresses and telephone numbers;

in each case, in accordance with this privacy policy.

How we collect Data

6.  We collect Data in the following ways:

a. data is given to us by you  ; and

b. data is collected automatically.

Data that is given to us by you

7.  Vivienne Clifton will collect your Data in a number of ways, for example:

a. when you contact us through the Website, by telephone, post, e-mail or through any other means;

b. when you enter a competition or promotion through a social media channel;

in each case, in accordance with this privacy policy.

Data that is collected automatically

8.  To the extent that you access the Website, we will collect your Data automatically, for example:

a. we automatically collect some information about your visit to the Website. This information helps us to make improvements to Website content and navigation, and includes your IP address, the date, times and frequency with which you access the Website and the way you use and interact with its content.

b. we will collect your Data automatically via cookies, in line with the cookie settings on your browser. For more information about cookies, and how we use them on the Website, see the section below, headed "Cookies".

Our use of Data

9.  Any or all of the above Data may be required by us from time to time in order to provide you with the best possible service and experience when using our Website. Specifically, Data may be used by us for the following reasons:

a. internal record keeping;

b. improvement of our products / services;

c. transmission by email of marketing materials that may be of interest to you;

d. contact for market research purposes which may be done using email, telephone, fax or mail. Such information may be used to customise or update the Website;

in each case, in accordance with this privacy policy.

10.  We may use your Data for the above purposes if we deem it necessary to do so for our legitimate interests. If you are not satisfied with this, you have the right to object in certain circumstances (see the section headed "Your rights" below).

11.  For the delivery of direct marketing to you via e-mail, we'll need your consent, whether via an opt-in or soft-opt-in:

a. soft opt-in consent is a specific type of consent which applies when you have previously engaged with us (for example, you contact us to ask us for more details about a particular product/service, and we are marketing similar products/services). Under "soft opt-in" consent, we will take your consent as given unless you opt-out.

b. for other types of e-marketing, we are required to obtain your explicit consent; that is, you need to take positive and affirmative action when consenting by, for example, checking a tick box that we'll provide.

c. if you are not satisfied about our approach to marketing, you have the right to withdraw consent at any time. To find out how to withdraw your consent, see the section headed "Your rights" below.

Who we share Data with

12.  We may share your Data with the following groups of people for the following reasons:

a. our employees, agents and/or professional advisors - to obtain advice from professional advisers;

b. third party service providers who provide services to us which require the processing of personal data - to help third party service providers in receipt of any shared data to perform functions on our behalf to help ensure the website runs smoothly;

c. third party payment providers who process payments made over the Website - o enable third party payment providers to process user payments and refunds;

in each case, in accordance with this privacy policy.

Keeping Data secure

13.  We will use technical and organisational measures to safeguard your Data, for example:

a. access to your account is controlled by a password and a user name that is unique to you.

b. we store your Data on secure servers.

14.  Technical and organisational measures include measures to deal with any suspected data breach. If you suspect any misuse or loss or unauthorised access to your Data, please let us know immediately by contacting us via this e-mail address: viviennecliftonbusiness@gmail.com.

15.  If you want detailed information from Get Safe Online on how to protect your information and your computers and devices against fraud, identity theft, viruses and many other online problems, please visit www.getsafeonline.org. Get Safe Online is supported by HM Government and leading businesses.

Data retention

16.  Unless a longer retention period is required or permitted by law, we will only hold your Data on our systems for the period necessary to fulfil the purposes outlined in this privacy policy or until you request that the Data be deleted.

17.  Even if we delete your Data, it may persist on backup or archival media for legal, tax or regulatory purposes.

Your rights

18.  You have the following rights in relation to your Data:

a. Right to access - the right to request (i) copies of the information we hold about you at any time, or (ii) that we modify, update or delete such information. If we provide you with access to the information we hold about you, we will not charge you for this, unless your request is "manifestly unfounded or excessive." Where we are legally permitted to do so, we may refuse your request. If we refuse your request, we will tell you the reasons why.

b. Right to correct - the right to have your Data rectified if it is inaccurate or incomplete.

c. Right to erase - the right to request that we delete or remove your Data from our systems.

d. Right to restrict our use of your Data - the right to "block" us from using your Data or limit the way in which we can use it.

e. Right to data portability - the right to request that we move, copy or transfer your Data.

f. Right to object - the right to object to our use of your Data including where we use it for our legitimate interests.

19.  To make enquiries, exercise any of your rights set out above, or withdraw your consent to the processing of your Data (where consent is our legal basis for processing your Data), please contact us via this e-mail address: viviennecliftonbusiness@gmail.com.

20.  If you are not satisfied with the way a complaint you make in relation to your Data is handled by us, you may be able to refer your complaint to the relevant data protection authority. For the UK, this is the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). The ICO's contact details can be found on their website at https://ico.org.uk/.

21.  It is important that the Data we hold about you is accurate and current. Please keep us informed if your Data changes during the period for which we hold it.

Links to other websites

22.  This Website may, from time to time, provide links to other websites. We have no control over such websites and are not responsible for the content of these websites. This privacy policy does not extend to your use of such websites. You are advised to read the privacy policy or statement of other websites prior to using them.

Changes of business ownership and control

23.  Vivienne Clifton may, from time to time, expand or reduce our business and this may involve the sale and/or the transfer of control of all or part of Vivienne Clifton. Data provided by Users will, where it is relevant to any part of our business so transferred, be transferred along with that part and the new owner or newly controlling party will, under the terms of this privacy policy, be permitted to use the Data for the purposes for which it was originally supplied to us.

24.  We may also disclose Data to a prospective purchaser of our business or any part of it.

25.  In the above instances, we will take steps with the aim of ensuring your privacy is protected.

Cookies

26.  This Website may place and access certain Cookies on your computer.    Vivienne Clifton uses Cookies to improve your experience of using the Website and to improve our range of products and services.   Vivienne Clifton has carefully chosen these Cookies and has taken steps to ensure that your privacy is protected and respected at all times.

27.  All Cookies used by this Website are used in accordance with current UK and EU Cookie Law.

28.  Before the Website places Cookies on your computer, you will be presented with a message bar requesting your consent to set those Cookies. By giving your consent to the placing of Cookies, you are enabling Vivienne Clifton to provide a better experience and service to you. You may, if you wish, deny consent to the placing of Cookies; however certain features of the Website may not function fully or as intended.

29.  This Website may place the following Cookies:

Type of Cookie

Purpose

Strictly necessary cookies

These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website, use a shopping cart or make use of e-billing services.

30.  You can find a list of Cookies that we use in the Cookies Schedule.

31.  You can choose to enable or disable Cookies in your internet browser. By default, most internet browsers accept Cookies but this can be changed. For further details, please consult the help menu in your internet browser.

32.  You can choose to delete Cookies at any time; however you may lose any information that enables you to access the Website more quickly and efficiently including, but not limited to, personalisation settings.

33.  It is recommended that you ensure that your internet browser is up-to-date and that you consult the help and guidance provided by the developer of your internet browser if you are unsure about adjusting your privacy settings.

34.  For more information generally on cookies, including how to disable them, please refer to aboutcookies.org. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your computer.

General

35.  You may not transfer any of your rights under this privacy policy to any other person. We may transfer our rights under this privacy policy where we reasonably believe your rights will not be affected.

36.  If any court or competent authority finds that any provision of this privacy policy (or part of any provision) is invalid, illegal or unenforceable, that provision or part-provision will, to the extent required, be deemed to be deleted, and the validity and enforceability of the other provisions of this privacy policy will not be affected.

37.  Unless otherwise agreed, no delay, act or omission by a party in exercising any right or remedy will be deemed a waiver of that, or any other, right or remedy.

38.  This Agreement will be governed by and interpreted according to the law of England and Wales. All disputes arising under the Agreement will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English and Welsh courts.

Changes to this privacy policy

39.  Vivienne Clifton reserves the right to change this privacy policy as we may deem necessary from time to time or as may be required by law. Any changes will be immediately posted on the Website and you are deemed to have accepted the terms of the privacy policy on your first use of the Website following the alterations.  

   

  You may contact Vivienne Clifton by email at viviennecliftonbusiness@gmail.com.

Attribution

40.  This privacy policy was created using a document from Rocket Lawyer (https://www.rocketlawyer.com/gb/en).

14 November 2020 

 

Cookies

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Description of Cookie

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