Over the last couple of years, my winter training has included a fair few sessions on the turbo trainer. Many of my cycling pals find the idea of sitting on your bike in the ‘turbo cave’ totally unappealing and would much rather switch to a mountain bike, brave the weather or reduce the amount of time in the saddle over the winter months.
As we move into March, supposedly springtime, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on my winter training.
My winter training officially started in October. When the clocks changed the long bib tights came out and the winter wheels were donned. Although there were some lovely fresh autumnal days, on the whole it was time to hit the garage and forget about average speeds and start focusing on form, fitness and strength.
Every cyclist needs goals, something to aim for, a purpose for getting on the bike. Goals can come in a variety of forms and my Gorilla Bike Girl goals are likely to be very different from the rest of my cycling pals.
Up until the spring of 2016 I was a lone ranger through and through. That’s probably not entirely true as I’d ride regularly with my husband and on the odd occasion with one or two others. But on the whole, I tended to cycle the country roads by myself.
It’s not that there aren’t any cycle clubs near me, there’s plenty. I’m also not a ‘billy no mates’, honestly I have friends and plenty of them would invite me out. Due to slight laziness of not wanting to get up on a Sunday morning combined with the insecurity question of ‘will I be able to keep up?’, I’ve tended to go it alone.
A few months ago my sister tagged me in a competition to become a Pearl Izumi Champion. What’s this you ask, I asked myself the same too!
The cycling brand and tour series hosts, were on the lookout for cycling enthusiasts from all rides of life to become their brand advocates and represent them. They weren’t after the next Chris Froome to join the team but cyclists of all levels, across different disciplines but all devoted to two wheels and up for inspiring others about it.
What do most people do with a week’s annual leave in October? Jump on the first long-haul flight from Heathrow? Get a week in the sun to try and prevent the onset of winter? Not the Gorilla Bike Girl and her hubby. We head to Wales to start the winter base miles and get in a spot of hill climbing!
For lots of cyclists, Sunday’s are about mapping out a route, clocking up the miles, having a coffee and generally hanging out with a bunch of mates on two wheels. What’s not to love? But this particular Sunday ride in mid-September was going to be something us Gorilla riders were never going to forget. A Sunday morning ride with Team Wiggins. Yes Team Wiggins! Bring it on!
By Gorilla Bike Girl aged 32 and 10 months
I think there should be a new self help group called SJ’s Anonymous and I think maybe I should go along. Anyone else?
I’m a Strava Junkie.
There you go it’s out there, my confession. The thing is, I like it and I don’t really care. It’s not exactly hurting anyone or doing any harm. Or is it?
- Current wheels: DT Swiss R23s
- New wheels: Mavic Cosmic Pro-Carbon with Schwalbe tyres (RRP £680 approx)
When I upgraded my road bike to a carbon frame I wondered if I’d notice the difference (I totally did). I asked myself the same question when I was looking at a wheel upgrade. The Mavic Cosmics were recommended as the best value for money upgrade without heading towards the £1000 budget milestone. It’s best to shop around as they do seem to differ in price. I opted to get them from my local bike shop so that they would fit the rear cassette and if anything does go wrong with them, I can pop in for them to be looked at.
THE BEST VALUE CARBON WHEEL-TYRE SYSTEM REINVENTED TO BE LIGHTER, MORE DYNAMIC AND WITH IMPROVED AERODYNAMICS (www.mavic.co.uk)
I had all good intentions of making 2016 the year of the triathlon. But we know what often happens to best laid plans! It all started well at the beginning on the year, with my shiny new Garmin 310xt I was getting in plenty of running miles and in the spring I took part in a series of beginner coached sessions (which were totally fab and motivating).