Tuesday, November 4, 2014
I read the article and realised that I never really do any hills when I cycle, not even on the road. I always plan my routes according to the flat areas and this is not doing my cycling any good.
Today was the first time ever I really did hill training while standing. Yes, I do peddle standing up when on the trails to conquer steep inclines but today I did hill intervals of about 15-20 seconds standing. IT WAS FREAKIN HARD!
The first thing I noticed was how my heart rate climbed to 160-165. I then felt how my quads, hamstrings and calves were screaming "tired" or "stop!" They were working hard to peddle and keep me upright. The last thing I noticed how out of breathe I was. One time I had to stop peddle altogether to catch my breathe.
I am learning as I go with the cycling. Still very new in all of this. As I type this my legs and glutes are TIRED and I know I am going to be so stiff tomorrow but the training will be all worth it.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
The stationary bikes in the gym was the only "bikes" I rode until my Coach told me about his passion for mountain biking and the more he talked about it, the more I got convinced that this sounds like such an exhilarating sport which I just had to try.
First I want to show you what the stationary bikes saddles look like in the gym. Notice how wide they are.
Right, now I am going to show you what my mountain bike saddle look like.
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Friday, September 26, 2014
Sunday, September 7, 2014
After my ride today it came to me how cycling have opened a whole new world to me.
It is as if I was accepted more easily by others, than when I was bodybuilding.
I was accepted into a non profit organisation cycling team this past weekend to ride for the MTB Momentum 94.7 challenge on 8 November 2014.
I was accepted into an awesome online Cycling community on Facebook.
I have something in common with more people in my fitness world than when I was bodybuilding.
We all just want to be accepted and for me which came from being 124kg 4 years back, I want to feel part of this incredible exhilarating fitness world and the cycling world give me that.
In bodybuilding I struggled to find people who would speak to me regarding diets, the strong mindset you need and how to get through it all.
In the cycling world everyone is open about training, nutrition, races, having get together rides, etc. I love it.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
I think this is why I like cycling, because it is an instant gratification I get when I hit a set goal I've set out for myself.
Today I've set out a 20km goal. I did not want to stop until I've hit this mark. I did it. I've hit my mark. It was instant gratification on the spot.
This past weekend we've visited new MTB trails and although we had to stop after 4km due to hubby hurting his wrist, the 4km I did was still great. A new piece of trail done and it felt great. Instant gratification.
Or when I get to climb an incline or hill which I previously did and it's easier, due to my legs getting stronger. Boom! Instant gratification!
I like sports where I get instant gratification. Tennis is like this as well. I just love it.
Thursday, July 3, 2014
My goal for today's ride was just to have a chilled ride and take in surroundings. I want to take photos along the way to show you guys/gals but I think about my own safety instead. Stopping along the way to take photos is not a good idea.
I love the fact that when you pass a rider, MTB or roadie rider, they all greet you. They are such friendly people. Even SOME of the pedestrians will make an effort to greet you. I love how we all show love and compassion for each other like this.
Cycling is a whole different world from running. I've never really came across a runner/s who greet you when you pass them. Not like in cycling. Even when I go trail cycling, the cyclists greet each other.
I do enjoy trails more than road cycling. With trails you are in nature where no motor vehicles are. There's no noise of the city. It's quiet. With trails there's obstacles as well which is so much fun. The road is one long pathway with no obstacles. Can get boring at some stages. I know there are riders which ride road to get to trails, ride the trails and then ride road back home. But I can't. I don't have a cycling buddy. I have to stay on the roads where many people can see me if something happens.
Strange thing today: With being just chilled about my ride instead of seeing how fast I could cycle, I cycled 15km/ph which is way faster than normal. Seems I need to relax and enjoy riding to result in better results :)
What I saw today:
- Beautiful wooden crafted sculptures in front of someone's gate entrance;
- A man made out of tins in front of a motor vehicle repair shop;
- Heard lovely birds sing;
- Nature reserve which was very dry but that's normal this time of year (Winter);