45 Minutes To Fitness…oh really? The Before and After of a 100km ride.

Are you serious…that’s all it takes? So for just 45 minutes of my life I’ll be fit, healthy raring to go. Well bring on the active wear, hand me the sweat bands and let’s get this fitness thing sorted once and for all!

Forty five minutes…yep 45 minutes! As I rode past the call to action sign I couldn’t help but cast my mind back to the days when I was unfit – and trust me, it was longer than 45 minutes ago!

TinaThat’s me, several years ago before I set out on a path to feel better about myself…and me now, looking a whole lot happier about everything! It didn’t take 45 minutes…it’s taken years.

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A reminder of the small things….

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.

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From self doubt to self belief…the journey of the woman cyclist.

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.

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Breaking Down The Barriers

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

http://cyclingtips.com.au/2015/05/breaking-down-barriers/

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Give me pink!

I admit it…I LOVE pink. Not the pale baby like pink, but bright, hot pink, fluro pink or magenta pink. Yep. I’ll have it all…so call me a girl.

I’m really not entirely sure what it is about pink that makes for such divisive opinions in women’s cycling. It’s just a colour after all. In an article by Grace Wong from http://www.theguardian.com titled ‘Why must cycling companies saddle women with pink?’ (http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/bike-blog/2013/sep/11/cycling-women-pink) it is claimed that the over-feminizing of female products may in fact inhibit women from being assertive on their bikes.

I beg to differ. Women portray themselves in different ways and create their own agenda every time they jump on a bike. If a woman feels the need for the floral and frills, then good on her, that is her choice. If a woman chooses pink and purple and feels great in that, then hail to her.

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