Cycling… Getting out there

    Cycling… Getting out there

    You’d think it would be easy to start training once you’ve got the bike. But then it rains, or it’s frosty, or it’s dark.

    While I expect others may be happy to go out in these conditions I couldn’t. I needed to learn how to change gears, how to steer a bike and, quite frankly, how to ride a road bike. I wasn’t ready to risk my life and limb out on the roads when I had no idea what I was doing. I simply didn’t have the confidence.

    To enable me to train without worrying about the weather or dark nights I set my bike up on a turbo trainer. It lifts the bike off the floor so you can cycle indoors, similar to an exercise bike. I have been using the trainer to cycle as often as I can each week changing between high and low resistance. Hopefully it will help my legs get used to the idea of climbing hills – which I am reliably informed there are many during the course.

    I have also managed to venture outside for a couple of very short rides. The first was to get a feel for the bike on the road and the second was an attempt to go out on a longer ride. Unfortunately on both occasions the wind was up making it very difficult to cycle in a straight line. Now that the weather is starting to warm up I plan to go out more often so I can get used to riding the bike in the great outdoors.

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