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.
The next part of my journey was to buy some kit. Most cyclists get excited about this (my husband included) but not me! I’m not bothered about labels or designer stuff. In fact, I like a bargain! I wanted to find kit that I felt comfortable in and looked halfway decent in.
Although I began to enjoy riding, I found it quite lonely. The countryside was stunning and the time for me was soul searching and cleansing. However, there’s something about exercising with a friend or a group. So, I set out to find a group. My fitness was at a decent level because of running. I wanted to cycle with a group to learn and become more confident, as well as make friends.
When my father passed away two and a half years ago, I wanted to get something that would remind me of him. After much thought and consideration, I decided upon a bike. My thinking being, whenever I ride around this stunning countryside, he would be with me and I would think of him.
It only seems like yesterday when I was been frantically driven in the commissionaires car around stage 10 of La Vuelta in Asturias. I can't believe it was 2016. Well, we are already looking forward to 2018 Vuelta, and this time we get to visit the tiny region of Andorra, where we will spend 4 days sampling the challenging mountains on offer. In fact, we will get to ride stage 20 just before the Pro riders battle the 105Km distance and tackle the brutal Coll de la Gallina.