Team Cycling Plus - Kay Bowen

Catch up with our reader team as they get stuck into their season

Team Cycling Plus will be updating you each week with the highs and lows of their training as part of the team. This week Kay gets everyone lifting her bike...

Tuesday morning was beautiful weather, sunny and warm and I had chosen it for my triathlon practice, with the swim at the end because unless it is essential, no one wants to go cycling in a wet tri top and shorts – do they? So it was a 21mile bike ride, and then a little run to get the legs into the idea, then in the car for a quick drive to the gym to go in the outdoor pool, which was bliss after all of the above. I felt great after it and enjoyed my well earned lunch with a friend, but as the day wore on I got really grumpy with the girls and lacked patience and felt tired and ready for bed by 8pm. I need to find out more about what to eat and when to optimize not just my ride but my niceness afterwards.

Saturday I had a great sunny solo ride of about 18 miles taking the long way round to get to a weekend away with church at a residential centre about four miles from home as the crow flies. 

Sunday, I went out with the Esporta tri gang and again enjoyed the sunshine – this could be my most expensive year for suncream ever with all this time outdoors – apart from the troubles I had trying and failing at crucial moments to get from the big ring to the small. I just don’t seem to have the right clicking technique on that side.  I was worried it was some damage I had caused the bike after my first fall – yes, I uncleated one foot and then tried to put the other one down, with comical effect, right outside a hotel where I was going on a course. Bit bruised and a sore wrist, but was more worried about the bike. I will stick to un cleating the same foot each time from now on rather than trying to get good at both. My husband Rob cycled the bike home from the weekend away to check out the gears and could find no evidence of any problem at all. And he’s a bike mechanic so he knows what he’s talking about – I just need to get the hang of organising myself sooner to get ready for a hill and be more assertive with the lever.

On my group ride one of the other women sheared off the mechanism on her bike and I was impressed that two guys fiddled around to try to sort out a fixed wheel system for her – that didn’t work so she freewheeled down the hills and got a push up the little hills that lay before us and the tea stop. Good thing we were near the tea room. It is legendary in cycling circles, run by Fred and called the Anvil, in Bishops Waltham – where I met some fellow cyclists and insisted they lift my bike up to see how light it is. I ask everyone to do that – the postman, the ferry man, anyone who passes me in the street – the class I teach at school who were very keen on the idea. Everyone is amazed, as its only 8.6kg I think.

Who are Team Cycling Plus?

Team Cycling Plus powered by Verenti are readers Andy Ward, Kay Bowen, Malcolm Ratcliffe and Sam Shaw. We’ll be following them in the magazine for the next few months as they train towards their personal cycling goals under the guidance of Team Wiggle’s Ben Simmons and we will be publishing their weekly trials and tribulations here too. For regular updates check our twitter page twitter.com/cyclingplus and the Team Cycling Plus facebook page

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