My First Sportive

My First Sportive

This weekend, I did my first Sportive.  The Cotswold Sportive – Short Route 44miles. 

It took me up until a few days before to pluck up the courage to sign up for it.  I’d talked myself in and out of doing it so many times, so in the end I just did it.  And over the past few days, including today, I have felt incredibly nervous.  Why?  It’s just a bike ride I kept telling myself.  I’ve ridden further distances before and tackled some mammoth hills.  And I’d achieved all of this, so why feel like this?  I actually felt like a fraud – and the sad thing is, there are other people out there who feel just like me.

 

The ride was magical.  I loved it.  Every minute of it.  It was inspiring.  There were children riding as young as 11 and people of a similar age to me and older; people of all shapes and sizes.  All having a go.  No one judging you on your ability – whether you walked up the hills or rode, that was irrelevant. No one cared!  They were doing their own thing.  Focusing on themselves and no-one else. 

 

As I was riding, I was thinking about my journey and how far I’ve come this year.  My cycling journey began only in April, (that’s ONLY 5 months away) when I went on our Lanzarote Beginner’s Week.  That’s where I caught the bug!  I started to enjoy cycling, and that’s when I started to believe I could actually do this. 

 

My mentality has changed.  When I’m riding along and see a hill, I think positively.  Don’t get me wrong, if it’s a long, steep one, the first thing that comes into my head is s**t!  However, that quickly turns to – I can do this!  All of the advice I have been given replays in my head and I tackle it with positivity.  Am I the fastest?  No.  Do I do it technically correct?  No.  But I have a go and I give it everything I’ve got.

 

I received my medal with pride, and at that moment I truly believed in myself and felt incredibly proud.  Will I feel nervous the next time I do an event?  Of course I will.  Self-doubt will always rear its ugly head, but for today, I’ve proved that I can do it!  Believe you can too…

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