The legs feel heavy, the mouth is dry and your lips are feeling in desperate need of some lip balm. You might even have the start of a headache and the prospect of some hot chips or even a burger are the ONLY thing on your mind. It definitely isn’t feeling like a great day on the bike. Yep, you’ve bonked!
Ever had those feelings on a ride? We all have bad days on the bike but when you have failed to prepare adequately for a big ride, it’s time to think about your planning.
Taking on a big ride such as the Rapha 100 (Sunday July 17, 2016)) isn’t just about putting km’s in the legs prior to the big day, but in the the week before ride day you also need to really think about all you need for the big day. Continue reading Preparing for the the Rapha Women’s 100
Sometimes you just have to smile at your feet. Stop, look down at the happy, crazy socks, marvel at the fact those little plastic things on your cycling shoes make a cool clicking sound at light changes, or perhaps contemplate changing your shoe laces to something loud and fun with bobbles on them. Whatever you do, stop and celebrate the small things.
Continue reading A reminder of the small things….
I’ll admit that this was a blog post I could not leave alone…perhaps I should. But as a previous recipient of the Iris Dixon Women’s Champion Award from Cycling Victoria I’m not hesitating to respond to what Wade Wallce, founder of Cycling Tips website, had to say on this morning’s Ella Cycling Tips website post in his article ‘Nine things I learned about launching a women’s cycling website’.
Last year winning the iris Dixon Award, and this year’s recipient’s Ella Cycling Tips
Last Sunday Ella Cycling Tips received the Cycling Victoria Iris Dixon Award for 2016 for their achievements in creating a women’s version of the Cycling Tips website in an effort to increase the awareness of women’s cycling and raise the profile of the sport. There is no doubt they have achieved much and they are to be congratulated for what they have created and what has clearly been a monumental task.
But when Wade posted ‘Nine things I learned after launching a women’s cycling website’ I was intrigued…here is a bloke writing about what he has learned about setting up a site dedicated to women! My quiet chuckles aside, I read with interest because I take this stuff seriously. I run a business, website, blog and social media dedicated to women’s cycling.
Continue reading Some things I learned after launching a women’s cycling site: a response to Wade Wallace
Shoe choice can be a baffling decision for the new rider moving from running shoes to clip-in pedals, and the price points can seem just as fraught with confusion coupled with a degree of price envy when making a purchase! We all want that bargain for less than recommended retail right? But just exactly what is is that makes a $100 shoe different to the $450 shoe? I was asked this question recently when I posted a photo of my lovely shoe collection on social media…why do I love the S-Works so much was the question posed. Why are they so different to the rest? Continue reading If the shoe fits….
When you don’t know anything about what you’re looking at the whole bike shop experience can be daunting; so many bikes, so many components, so many different bits of advice and so much very cool looking bike bling to tempt! Buying a new bike can be super confusing! Continue reading Buying a road bike…feeling confused?
As she crossed the line at that 50km gantry at ride’s end, she was laughing, and smiling, and crying…all at the same time. The emotions flooded in and crossing the line was almost impossible as the tears clouded her vision and the laughter took her breath away. Exhausted, barely able to get off the bike and depleted of every last bit of energy, she did it…and she believed that 6 months ago she would never do this. We hugged as she suddenly burst into sobs of joy.
Continue reading From self doubt to self belief…the journey of the woman cyclist.
My kind of scales…just 15kg!
Those bloody New Year resolutions…everyone is writing about them, and everyone is writing about how to ignore them, and everyone is writing about how they fail. It’s old news – in fact, if you’ve read up to this point I guess that’s a little miracle in itself!
As a cycling coach I can’t tell you how many of these little promises people tell me they make, and how many promise me that they’ll turn up to more rides, or get ‘more serious’ after New Year, or work harder to get fit…oh my, I hope it’s not YOU I’m referring to.
Continue reading I will never look like someone from the pro peloton…
Sigh…I can here you say it. ‘Not another bloody It’s-Christmas-haven’t-we-had-a-fantastic-year blog post’. Yes you can stop reading right now if you wish…but what if you were to read on? What if there is something good in what I am going to say…better still, what if there is something that inspires you?
There is a lot to say after a year at Wheel Women and we just can’t possibly fit it all in one post. And that’s been the problem for me…so much happens at Wheel Women that I’m usually just far too busy to even do all the blogs and writing I’d love to do. Sometimes so much happens I don’t even know where to start.
Continue reading What if I’m too slow, what if I’m too unfit….the Wheel Women Awards. Be inspired!
I needed to just get a few things off my chest…that van driver who nearly wiped me out was a rude bastard in a place he should never have been. I don’t wish him any malice, I just want him to know he that he nearly ruined Christmas for a whole bunch of people…not least himself, but he didn’t care. In fact he was just angry – was he angry because he was late, or angry because he just lost his job, or was he angry because he got a fright?
Continue reading I’d like to get home for Christmas please! (or When a van hits a bike).
For the latest on what Wheel Women says about #barriers to women’s cycling, see our post we wrote for Ella Cycling Tips: Breaking Down The Barriers