My husband and I were discussing what we could do to keep us active without being boring. I had been the type of person to walk everywhere until life was too busy to do so. Then when life sped up I took up running. I would run four or five mornings a week and loved the feeling of pounding the pavement. Eventually I met my current husband who did not run. I found it harder and harder to get myself up at five each morning to run when he was at home. Eventually I gave up running and the weight crept on.
When the honeymoon period settled down we decided to go to gym together. After less than a year I was bored beyond belief and looking for reasons not to go. I needed to get outside. While I loved the idea of my husband running with me, I knew it would not happen. I went on some small runs with a girl who I met online but struggled to get myself fit enough again. My body was just not up for it after such a big break. I had to admit that I didn’t have the drive to get myself going again.
I tried yoga, even completing my teaching course. I taught for a year and now only practice for myself. I tried boxing, water running, water aerobics, body combat and personal training. Nothing was enough to keep me interested.
I was chatting to a friend one day saying I was bored with everything and I wanted to get outside. Knowing I could not run anymore she introduced me to her neighbour who had the cycling bug. It didn’t take me long to also feel the pull to the saddle.
I started looking at bike shops, websites and social media sites and within a few weeks I had found my dream bike and was fitted to ensure that I could ride in comfort. Add on different pedals, your gear including the padded shorts, jerseys and you are on your way. My new obsession is the ride.
There are so many great apps that you can download now. You can monitor everything from your smart phone to motivate the distance and speed to increase. The only competition is myself. I now sit in traffic and watch the cyclists going past and wish I was with them. I study online and read magazines looking for my first group ride to join. I have a goal to be ready to ride with a group by Christmas and I honestly can’t think about much else. To me it is all about the bike.