A question asked by many a friend and family member. But why did you start cycling? Please read on to find out why. This post is building on from my introductory blog.
December 2015, aged 25, was when the realisation that I was not as healthy as I used to be became apparent. Several years of the lifestyle of a software engineer had taken it’s toll.
The realisation came at work when I went to visit a colleague four floors above me. I never take the lift, but it finally dawned on me how out of breath I was by the time I got to their desk. This was the day that everything changed for good.
The standard gym and dieting regime had failed on and off for years, so whilst looking online, I found out that there was a local cycling club based at my work. I decided to drop the club an email. I was completely expecting to be shunned by the club due to my lack of cycling experience. But I was wrong. I received a warm reply inviting me along to one of their winter turbo trainer sessions.
Now. If you were me on that day. You are probably asking yourselves what the heck is a turbo trainer. A quick google told me it was one of these:
You essentially connect your back wheel to a resistive flywheel to add resistance. I only needed to bring along myself as I was assured by the club that there were plenty to spare.
I was met by a room full of friendly cyclists when the first day came along. All of which stopped what they were doing to greet me and to help me set up. The session was harder than I expected.
I only had an old mountain bike lent to me by a family member, which I found out quite quickly was not suitable for a turbo trainer. However, luckily the club had a spare bike I could borrow for the day.
I was on a different programme to the others. Essentially, I was just getting used to the equipment and cycling in general. I struggled with just that, whilst looking horrified at the others, who were doing the actual training session.
It must have looked like a bus had hit me the next day. I had muscles hurting where I didn’t think muscles existed. However, I had caught the bug, and haven’t looked back since.
Over the next few weeks, the sessions slowly built up in intensity. By about Session Three, I was essentially doing the same programme as the other cyclists, but with less repetitions of the workout.
I attended each session, which the session leader planned extremely well, which focused on a different aspect of cycling. From sprinting, to endurance and simulated hill climbs. I am planning a number of future blog posts to share these workouts with you.
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