May 18, 2024


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Olympic cyclist Dani Rowe on renovating her house while pregnant

my first home with dani Rowe

Dani talks us through her life in the world of property (Picture: Huw Fairclough/

Olympic cycling gold medallist Dani Rowe may have hung up her professional racing shoes but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t get out on the bike as much as possible.

And with a detached house fully equipped with exercise equipment near Cardiff she doesn’t even need to leave home to get her cycling fix.

After recently welcoming baby Ted, she’s now in training for this year’s London Marathon.

When did you buy your first home?

I bought my first home in Cardiff in 2014. My husband is from Wales so he was already in Cardiff scouting out some potential options for us to live while I was busy training full-time in Manchester with the British cycling team. We really wanted to get on the property ladder as soon as possible.

What property did you go for?

A new-build. It was a nice three-storey, semi-detached townhouse that was only a couple of years old at the time.

One of my favourite things about it was that it had an integrated garage, which meant I could train without even needing to go outside if it was wet and miserable.

With it being so new, the interior was very simple and modern, but we managed to make it homely. We didn’t want to invest too much into renovating or decorating, as we knew it wasn’t going to be our forever home. But it was perfect at the time.

What did it look like when you first saw it?

My husband did a lot of the viewings solo, as I was still in Manchester. So usually I went along virtually via Facetime, something many people are having to opt for now.

Luckily, I made it back to see this one, so when we both stepped inside it felt right straight away. Strangely enough, I liked that it was so close to the motorway because of how much I had to travel around at the time.

Dani Rowe Frunning in Newport, Wales

The Olympic cyclist is glad to have a garage to train in when the weather is miserable (Picture: Getty Images)

How did it feel to get the keys?

It was incredibly exciting. We have both worked very hard from a very young age and so it felt amazing to finally see what we managed to achieve.

Advice for first-time buyers?

It’s always worth holding out until the right thing comes along. We went for a smaller first house to save for the dream house and I am so glad that we did.

Where do you live now?

Our current and first family home is now a lot bigger and is totally decorated to our own taste. It is a 1930s detached house with high ceilings and a lot of natural light.

We have also moved a little further into the countryside outside Cardiff, which has given us lovely walking routes and opportunities to spend quality time outdoors.

Did you do any renovations?

We also weren’t afraid to go all out with renovations. We ended up living with my parents while the bulk of the work was taking place in order to respect Covid guidelines, all while having the ticking time bomb that was me getting more and more pregnant.

I actually went into labour when the builders were still in and around the house.

Has your home had to change with the arrival of baby Ted?

There are a lot more toys, baby mats and chairs lying around all over the place, for a start. We also had a huge amount of fun getting his nursery all set up.

We haven’t had to baby-proof anything just yet, as he isn’t on the move but that will be the next challenge.

How important was it to have a dedicated fitness space?

My husband and I really love to exercise, for both mental and physical benefits, so it was super-important for us to have a gym space in our property.

Since having Ted though, I have obviously had to be mindful of not getting back into everything too quickly – I am still very much on my postnatal fitness journey at the moment.

I am using an Elvie Trainer around three times a week to help strengthen my pelvic floor, which is a game-changer in terms of helping me stay on track so I can get back to doing the high-impact activities I love.

I’m mixing this up with a couple of bike sessions a week and also a few moderately paced runs. I am also due to be running in the London Marathon this October, which has certainly set me a huge challenge to work towards, especially since it is such a high-impact sport that many women struggle with postpartum.

Is this your forever home now?

This absolutely feels like our dream home that we want to be in forever. I can’t wait to continue making wonderful memories and get to experience watching Ted grow up here.

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