Preparing for the the Rapha Women’s 100

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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

If the shoe fits….

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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

Buying a road bike…feeling confused?

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

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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I will never look like someone from the pro peloton…

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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.
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Why do I have so many gloves?

Picture this: the start gun has blasted, the crowd cheers and bit by bit the snake of lycra clad warriors edges forward to the start gantry. Timer running, anticipation of the hills is thick in the air…but WAIT!! HOLD EVERYTHING!!

Has anyone seen my gloves…hello….HAS ANYONE SEEN MY ^%*&#^ GLOVES!!

Yep, this is what happened to me. But as that snake of riders crept further toward the start line, and gradually the crowd started to thin, my temper flared to bike throwing point and I knew this called for drastic action lest I be the last rider across the start line….and one without gloves!

I ran to the nearest pop-up stall and paid the hefty sum of $30 for some new gloves that didn’t even match my kit…what was I thinking!! Riding without hand protection is one thing, but non-matching gloves. You have got to be kidding!

So I admit, I have a draw full of gloves! In an effort to justify this gelled and leather collection that my better half happened upon and promptly asked for an explanation, I think a review of the items is my ticket out of this rather unsettling discussion at home. ‘But you see sweet better-half, this is important research…I need to test ALL these gloves.’

I don’t think he fell for the research excuse, but here’s the reviews…. Continue reading

Get real…this ain’t the Kardashians!

There is a photo of me taken in 2012, just before embarking on my first Great Vic Bike Ride. I’m wearing the team jersey which was kind of firm at the time. I was a tad embarrassed, but secretly happy because I never imagined I’d ever dare wear lycra…hence our tag line of ‘no lycra necessary!’

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That’s me above in the very firm team jersey, and the even firmer one I was wearing on the bike in the pic on the right! Lucky you can’t see how tight the knicks were!

With 2015 just around the corner everyone is telling us to find a New Years resolution, work out how to be a better you, get a facelift, buy a Porsche, lose all the Christmas weight and even find time for that ‘new life’ you’ve been wanting! For crying out loud what is this? Continue reading