Team Cycling Plus - the first blog from team member Kay

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 tells us about her first ever sportive - but where was the medal at the end?

Spending three nights at my parents really helped my training. The break in my normal routine, no work and free babysitters meant I got to the gym each night and did a body balance class, a swim class and a cycle/run/swim session. Also cycled and ran in mornings, which is out of the question on a normal week day as I do school drop off.

I am feeling really upbeat about actually getting into some training, even if it is still not more than an hour a day, it feels like a quality hour. My husband Rob bought me pedals, to go on my new bike when it arrives. Taking my resting heartbeat and weight have been challenging, as the scales have broken (bought new ones on Saturday) and the cat is in my face when I wake up, so no rest for me as I am fighting her off me. Feels a bit stupid that I can’t even achieve the basics but got to start somewhere.

Completed my first event last weekend, the Evans Ride it! 30 miles from Chobham, Surrey. It was really hard work, not hilly, just the longest I have done in one go (even tried to eat/drink and keep cycling, with disastrous results - dropped half my energy bar!).  A banana and flapjack helped give me a boost as I went along but I was struggling for the last 10 miles really. I was in complete awe of people doing 90 miles. I felt weak and sick at the end and wanted to die. I had stayed up reading a book till 2am and got up before 7am to get there, thus breaking the first rule of sport, that sleep and food are the most important training you can do. 

The event seemed well organised and was really well signposted which meant no stopping to look at maps. The finish was a bit soulless though. My only experience so far is of running races and triathlons, where people clap and say well done and give you a mug, a banana and a chocolate bar or a medal. Evans didn’t even run to a smile. The ride was harder for me than the triathlons last year or the 10k runs I have done, so I wanted a medal, or a clap, or a free cup of tea or something! Some recognition of my efforts, please!

Anyway - I was proud of myself. My efforts might not be great in ‘real’ cyclists terms but for me it’s a BIG DEAL. My longest ever bike ride in one go with no pub stops or cream tea. Come on, someone give me a pat on the back, please!  I am guessing by the looks of the people I overtook that some of them don’t do much on a bike, so us novices need some encouragement!

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

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