Saturday, September 27, 2014

My progression on the trails

A few months back I was still very much cautious when out on the trails with my MTB. 

I took it slow around corners, almost stopping dead before taking the turns. Not peddling fast enough to go over steep obstacles which resulted in the bike either going backwards or me falling over sideways. I've also tried to avoid rock gardens as much as possible after I've cut open my leg badly when I rode over a rock garden and lost control of my bike. Riding around holes and not attempting to jump them.

Yesterday I had a very short trail run at local MTB trails. I went to spent time with my parents there but also to rather practice skills than distance.  

The trails yesterday was very technical due to a lot of rocks everywhere on the single tracks. There was a lot of holes as well and very uneven ground area rather than smooth trails than previously.

I decided to tackle the trails with a different attitude. Yesterday I bunny hopped, took the corners with speed while leaning into the corners. Was very chuffed when I mastered the corners smoothly every time without going over the edge on the corner into the bushes :) I've also peddled faster to overcome the steep obstacles smoothly without rolling backwards or falling sideways. 

I have however made one or two errors in letting my peddle get caught over small incline obstacles, which almost resulted in my falling off the bike. I do try to concentrate each time to keep the peddles centered but sometimes forget. Need to work on this a bit more.

I am happy with what I have achieved with yesterday's short trail run with my bike. Here's to next time!

Friday, September 26, 2014

What I learned about MTB today from Coach Will

Today I learned something new regarding cycling races.

My Coach and I almost always talk about cycling in my training sessions at the gym. A bit of background about him. He have been riding for a few years now and at the moment he do MTB races which consist of distances of 70km and more. 

Today he told me that he entered a race for next weekend because the climbing was 800m which was not that bad. I told him: "Oh, so that's what you are looking at when you enter races?" He said that when he sees races above 1000m he knows that those will take him more than 4 hours to complete but under 800m will take him between 2-3:30 hours to complete. "Not so bad," he said.

It was really interesting in hearing what he takes into consideration upon deciding what race to enter. For me I look at the distance of the race and not the climb. I look at where it's held as well but never considered looking at the climb of the race.

My Coach is very competitive. It's very interesting hearing how he trains as I take notes and try to apply it to my training. He told me what to do on the Wattbikes in the gym as well, which I am grateful for.

It's interesting to also see how my Coach differs to me regarding cycling. How he trains, how he enter races, etc. For me, cycling is about fun. I'm in it for how good it is for my soul, not to really better my times but rather my distance as I would not mind to build enough endurance in order to do stage races. 

Love learning more about cycling each day, thankful for those sharing their knowledge with me. 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Cycling is such an accepting sport

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.