In November 2009, I decided it was finally time for me to embark on a
life empowering fitness
programme. Certainly, I would be starting from a very low base
I determined that cycling should take up a significant part of the
exercise regime and thus set about getting a bike.
I walked into the local cycling megastore on a Saturday
afternoon and was simply overwhelmed by the vast choice of
bikes available and the huge price range. Things had
certainly changed since I was regularly riding as a teenager
in the early 1970s. How was I supposed to work out which
would be suitable for me?
I thought reading some cycling magazines might help, but
they only confused me further. So that night I asked for
advice from my brother Paul, who is a regular cyclist. He
replied that he thought the most important thing to do was to seek
out somewhere that would do a seriously proper bike fit. Not just
measure me to select the right size bike, but to then
measure me on the bike and adjust the bike to suit me.
I found two highly credentialed places offering this
service not far from the office. One of them,
Kathy Watt Cycling,
focused on fitness training with cycling as one means, not
just selling bikes and gear. I thought this should be a much better fit for me
to achieve my goals.
So I paid them a visit Monday lunch time, hit it off with
Carey Hall, got measured,
selected and ordered a bike, plus signed up for a
3 month training programme. Later that night I supplied Carey
with the answers to a wide range of questions he'd asked of
me as the first
input to determining a start for my fitness training.
Friday afternoon I was measured on the bike and
adjustments were determined and tried. Some accessories,
clothing and safety equipment were selected. My brother
suggested some other things I'd need, so I ordered most of
them online that weekend.
On the following Monday evening Carey briefed me on
what he wanted me to do for the first few weeks — two 30
minute rides a week — which seemed too easy. I
then headed home with my bike.
I had a first slow, unsure and very wobbly ride that
night. I managed two laps of the area and just 15 minutes
before I was totally stuffed.
The next night I managed to
last 20 minutes and complete 3 laps. The fun had begun!
Wednesday, 24 April 2013