Team Cycling Plus - Kay Bowen

Do NOT overtake Kay on a climb!

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

Team member: Kay Bowen

36 year old Kay from Southampton is a very active person. She overcame thyroid cancer last year which has inspired her to try a whole host of new activities, including sailing, tennis, skiing and triathlons. As a triathlete, she already does a lot of cycling, but is keen to work on this aspect of her training. Her goals are to sustain longer distances and to go on a cycling holiday

This week I almost achieved the quota of cycling I aspire to, and that Ben has set for me. I managed just over 5 and a half hours over 3 sessions. I did one swim training as well, which felt great, the cycling didn’t feel too bad either! I tried out a new patch of Hampshire for my lone ride on Tuesday, quiet lanes around Denmead, on the other side of the Meon Valley to my usual haunts. I met another rider in the car park at the end, who had gone about twice as far as me in about the same time, and I estimate him to be almost double my age. I seem to come across a lot of groups of cyclists who fit into the retired bracket – even at the weekends – maybe the others, people like Ben our coach go so fast I don’t see them go by. I was REALLY irritated by the cyclist in red who overtook me going up one of my regular hills on Friday night. I mean, overtaking me is bad enough, but then saying ‘Dig in!’ as you go by is unforgivable. I wanted to catch up with him and overtake him back but he went the other way at the top. I WAS DIGGING IN! That’s as dug in as I go! Actually, my righteous anger and indignation at being overtaken gave me a spurt of energy to reach the top. So maybe he did me a favour. I cycled out to meet friends at a country pub and got a lift home – good thing about having lots of friends with children is they come with MPVs and easy bike in the boot options.

My Sunday morning ride was a real training ride, just over 2 and a half hours, with quick stops for a banana and for the view. I was navigating, and was with a new cycling buddy, a super fit mum of 3 and PE teacher, who hasn’t done triathlons for a while since baby 3 but clearly has huge background fitness and who seemed to keep her heart rate below 70 on all the hills.  I didn’t ask but wouldn’t be surprised if she told me she used to be a Marine or something similar.  My heartbeat, meanwhile, was probably over the 200 mark at times and I was glad I had not worn the Garmin Edge monitor or I would have sounded like a message in morse code being beeped out to the nation. I really enjoyed cycling with someone who was fit and enjoys it, and I felt pleased with the pace and the distance, although the Garmin Edge  is still beyond me despite my best fiddling so I don’t know what either of those things are. I do know, thanks to techno gadget, that my workplace is 9 feet below sea level, so am planning to cycle in in wellies if we have any big tidal waves coming up.

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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