Team Cycling Plus – Kay Bowen

Fitting training into life is easier said than done

Not much cycling for Kay this week

Team Cycling Plus will be updating you each week with the highs and lows of their training as part of the team. Kay struggles to cope with all her disciplines…


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.

Hmm. Being a ‘ triathlete’ is more like being a try – athlete at the moment , and I feel that my three disciplines are being a wife, a mum and a teacher. After I have fitted that lot in, I have about a minute a day to do any ‘ athlete’ training. I have gradually become aware this week I can’t fit in my cycling hours, so Ben and I may have to come up with a new training plan. I have a lot of commitments above training, and short of getting a nanny and a housekeeper I can’t change that. So having the dawning realisation of my frustration at how I may be perceived, I have gone into something of a tailspin of ‘I’ll show ‘em!’ versus ‘I can’t do all this even if I stay up all night.’ I think this is a natural stage to go through as you increase intensity and seriousness of training. I hope so anyway.

My back pain disappeared on Sunday night so I was able to train with my friend on Monday, we did a 20mile bike ride together at an easy pace for me, she is new to the bike so it was good for me to see how much better I have got at hill climbing and less anxious descents. She led all the way on the run, which is where she shines. We should be doing a triathlon as a relay team, with Rob swimming for us, then we would get a good time. Still, I managed a sprint finish on the last 100m of the run. With my husband Rob also doing triathlon and away sailing this weekend, I have felt frustrated by not being out there on the bike or running. It would be better for my training to have a husband who sat on the sofa all weekend – then he could look after the girls! I got up at 6.45am on Saturday to get a ride in before he left for his sailing weekend, and managed 15 miles in an hour – not bad for a beginner. 

Sunday I cycled to the gym, with the girls, on my old mountain bike – what a different experience. However much you pedal, you don’t go anywhere! I am incredulous that I used to – till just a month ago – actually go places on it. I did make my commute a little longer one morning, and really have been pressing down and putting the effort in to the commute to make it count, trying really hard to do the intervals of higher intensity that Ben suggested. But the three hour bike ride is out of the question this weekend unless I go out tonight at 9pm when Rob gets home and get home for midnight, like Cinderella. I am feeling ill prepared for the triathlon, but then I don’t think I can ever be as prepared as I want to be. This time next week, I ll be telling you how it went.

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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 and the Team Cycling Plus facebook page