Last year, I wrote a weekly 'blog' to entertain our riders and colleagues in the lead up to ATB. One year on and someone has urged me to put a few up here... they are a light hearted look at preparations and cycling observations. I hope you enjoy them (If not, I'll wheel my bike home and have a cry)
Around the Bay in a Day. Sounds easy; after all how hard could it be to drive around Port Phillip Bay in a day, even allowing for Sunday drivers! Hmm, I reckon I might register for that; you know, support company initiatives and all that.
In all the excitement, I simply logged on put in my details, forked out the hard earned and I was away. SP BUG - It would have been nice if someone had told it had something to do with bikes and exercise! I thought it was for Superpartners people with old Volkswagens. BUGger!!!
Oh well, in for a penny, in for a pound. Over the next twelve weeks, I will share with you my journey from well fed couch potato to exhausted, emaciated cyclist. I’ll set the scene for you – just turned 40, just clicked over 110kgs, only drink water when I open my mouth in the shower and eat fruit when it comes in cakes! My saving grace is that I own a bike; it’s just a pity the last time I rode it was in January.
First things first, I got the bike out and took it down for a service – best to get it checked out, if only to dust off the cobwebs. Next step is to suck in a deep breath and throw the leg over and mount the saddle (who is picturing a horse at this point?) and see how the body copes with the shock of a ride.
Rank amateur or not, the slipping of the chain should have told me something was wrong, but when the chain snapped and I veered into traffic it was time to change the undergarments! Murphy applied his law almost to the letter and getting a close up of a Pajero’s passenger door is not an experience I recommend, unless you want to come around and wash mine (Pajero that is!). I dusted myself off, picked up the chain and began the walk home.
Back to the bike shop for repairs to the chain and back out on to the road. Living in Mitcham just minutes from Eastlink is one bonus I have up my sleeve. Heading down the Eastlink Trail from Springvale Road, the ride is not too bad, quite a bit of up and down as you drop through Mullum Mullum valley to Ringwood. From there it is fairly comfortable through to Boronia Road, except when the rocket scientist riding in the opposite direction have no lights on their bikes – at night! That told me to turnaround and head for home. A tip for you from my first ride: if you head off on an out-and-back ride that starts with a long, steep downhill… find an alternative route home! The climb at the end of 1 ½ hours was tough, but I felt pretty good. We’re on our way!
Over the course of the next 12-13 weeks I have a few goals: build my level of fitness, improve my general health, drop a bit of weight and write some riveting pieces for you. Oh, and ride 100km in a day, or less hopefully – I will set a time target after a few weeks riding and share it with you.
Thank you all.
Until next week...Get on ya' bike!