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.
So, why didn’t I get into cycling sooner? I could fill this page with reasons (excuses?). But here are some. Maybe you can relate to some of them.
I haven’t got the kit and I haven’t got the money needed to buy it all. You need to have the most expensive, right? I look at all the images of ladies in cycling lycra and they look amazing. However, I don’t look like that and I certainly don’t look good in tight, figure hugging sports-wear. Plus, my husband looks better in lycra than I do!