New challenges and cycling aims by everactiv ambassador Thea
February 01, 2018
Just before Christmas I started using the rollers because I want to get stronger and better at cycling. The rollers are basically just three cylinders that you balance your bike on and they turn when you turn the pedals, they go round and round in circles. The faster you spin your legs, the more stable you will be!
You have to put your bike on the rollers and once you’ve gotten on, you have to pedal to keep going. I started by holding onto a chair and then letting go once I had started pedalling and got my balance. At first I was absolutely TERRIFIED of letting go of the chair, but then when I got better at taking my hand off of the chair, I wasn’t so nervous. I still am a little bit nervous, but definitely less nervous than when I started.
Recently, I got clip in shoes and pedals. To start with the clips are quite a bit harder than normal pedals, but you get used to having them. The clips can make you go a bit faster than normal pedals, because you push up AND pull down while you are turning the pedals.
My last race, (which was my first race with the clips) was a cycle cross (cx) race. It was even more cross country like than usual because it was super snowy. It was in Linlithgow and the weather was snowy all week, so I didn’t know if it was going to be on or not until the day before, I so happy when it was on!
Even though it was super snowy, I REALLY enjoyed my race, every single second of it. I fell over three times, and I bashed my leg against a really sharp rock one of the times, but I just got up and started cycling again. There was one really hard bit on the course. It was where there was a spiral of doom. The spiral was super hard on its own, because it was treacherously tight, and it was on a hill, so that made it even harder. I managed most of the race on my bike, but on the really steep hills I got off and ran, especially when it was really crowded and people were falling off a lot. There was another bit where there was a steep downhill, then a sharp corner and then a steep uphill. On that bit I I tried to go down and up it on my first loop, and I made it down but not up the hill. On all of the other times I just ran it, because it was really crowded on that area, because it was a really thin path.
Overall, I thought that that was a really good experience and I enjoyed it immensely. I enjoyed the fact that there were lots of hills, because I think hills challenge you to keep going and try your best. I also enjoyed the fact that it was snowy because that made it extra challenging because in some places it was really quite deep.This year I am focusing on cycling and I want to do more racing, both cx and road/crit races.
Good luck to all of the sporty girls out there in your races!
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