cycling at stupid o’clock

August 14, 2015

cyclistI was lucky enough to have a post-ride chat with my coach today. I got into road cycling about ten months ago but only started taking it seriously when I upgraded to a carbon bike. I’ve accomplished a lot of firsts lately – my first 130 km ride a few weeks ago, an imperial century on Wednesday (161 km), and all going well, my first ride up Mt Mee on Sunday.

I ride with some amazing people and they come from all walks of life – teachers, scientists, IT guru’s, nurses, lawyers and the list goes on. They are a super bunch of ladies and men who are all really supportive and encouraging. Added to this mix is our amazing coach, Pete. Think of me like a sponge – I soak up every bit of advice people give me, especially him. He’s taught me technique and is turning me into a faster & stronger cyclist. He never overburdens me with too much information. Often it’s a simple “you need to change XYZ when you are going up a hill” or “I want you to start concentrating on doing ABC when you are out by yourself.”

And I am learning that cycling is as much of a mental challenge as a physical one. Like when my head tells me I can’t keep up or get up that hill, I just tell myself to shut up and get up that f*£$%n hill … and I do.

But the highlight of this morning’s ride was when one of Pete’s friends tells him “gosh those ladies ride well”and he responds with “yip, those are my girls”.

Feeling really blessed today 🙂


good times, good friends

April 4, 2015

There are some days when you sit back and think I’m blessed to have some good people on my life and you never know what lies beyond that corner.

I got into cycling about 18 months ago and get out two to three times a week. After being gathered up by Brisbane Chicks Who Ride Bikes a few weeks ago, I have found an awesome group of supportive ladies who ride. Encouragement, support, and advice are all common-place.

Then I reach out and my friend’s husband volunteers to take me out yesterday. He didn’t think he taught me anything but I picked up a number of hints and tips. All these things will help me become a better rider, keep up with the pack, and get me up them hills with minimal pain.

the wannabe cyclist

November 9, 2014

I have two new loves. The first is Murtle – my new Merida road bike, and the second is my pair of padded cycle pants.

In some respects, starting my cycling journey has been like joining a new club when you were at college – where you are judged by your possessions and what you wear.  When I used to cycle on my hybrid,  95% of my fellow cyclists would pass me by without a peep. But now on my new bike and wearing the right gear, I get a ‘morning’ or a nod or a hand wave from most of the people I see.

It’s been quite entertaining seeing the change in attitude. But I haven’t changed my riding habits, I still say hi to people and try to stay out of the way of the speedy serious cyclists. I am improving too and did 63km today so feeling quite chuffed.

I even had some guy tell me I had good rear lights yesterday. Not sure if he was serious but it did make me smile.