When Paul (my husband and co-founder of mollydoo.com) talks about cycling, he does so with such passion and excitement, and I never quite got it...that is, until now!
I've read your responses to my FB posts, and truly 'get' how you all feel about being out on the road and turning those pedals.
My transformation really began this year after my Lanzarote Beginner's Week. I didn't want the rides to end and couldn't wait to get back on my bike at home. But more than anything else, I wanted to continue to ride with like-minded people and share that excitement.
It took me a long time to finally give in to cycling! For years I’d watched my husband, Paul, enjoy the benefits this sport gave him; the enjoyment he got out of it and the friends he’d made. In aid of charity, he and his friends had done crazy challenges on the bike and tested themselves to the limit.
The changing factor for me came when my father passed away. Riding for me is a way of remembering and a way of not forgetting. It helps clear my mind and helps my soul. It also allows me to eat chocolate and cake!
Going on my first cycling holiday was daunting. There was so much to think and worry about. What if I’m not fit enough? What if I’m the slowest and slow everyone down? What if I have the least experience? What if I can’t get up the hills and have to walk? What if I can’t keep up? I might make myself look foolish.
Apart from being one of the most visited cities in Spain, this beautiful historic Catalan destination plays host to some of the world’s best Pro Cyclists. In fact, there has been a number of Pros that have chosen to live there, and you can typically find over 120 Pros based there during the cycling season. But why is it such an attraction?
I’ve been out on rides with a number of experienced riders, including one coach. Each gave me different advice – some conflicting. I’ve now found my own way of doing things; a way that seems to work for me. It may not be technically correct, but I’m happy with it. I manage to get up the hills (just) and down the hills (without too much braking!) However, here are some words of wisdom (from those with more experience than me) I repeatedly say to myself when I’m out riding.