A few months ago I decided to go back to cycling, I’d had a good crash and had broken some ribs training for another half Ironman. I sold my bike and bought a new one, however I wasn’t even sure if I wanted to ride my bike again.
I bought a Specialized Amira and I feel as though it’s opened up a whole new world for me and my cycling. I feel comfortable on my bike, I feel comfortable in the drops, I’m comfortable with sprinting in the drops; I was never able to do this on my previous bike. The other bike was clearly too big and wrong for me, mix that with a bike shop who didn’t really want to help me and I had the wrong gear.
Some how I got talked into a Monday morning recovery ride by friend Brooke and the group of women I rode with were nice [really nice]. I had been missing that camaraderie that I had experienced from women in Melbourne and I’d not really felt it when I arrived in Perth just over two years ago, I’d even been told,
“Women don’t want to race…”
I got disheartened in Perth’s cycling scene pretty quickly because of the above, hence the two year hiatus, but I want to race now, so I put on my big girl panties and lined up… was I scared? I pretended I wasn’t, even telling friends who were entering Women’s D Grade that it would be fine and they would have a great time! First race I got 4th, then two 2nd places, it was enough for me to win the Smashfest Criteriums overall for Women’s C Grade. I have been so inspired by Veronica Michich and what she has achieved over the past few years, that I’m hoping some of her spark wears off onto me; do read her blog from the beginning to end.
Now it seems that the scene in Perth is changing and with some encouragement we’re starting to get double digits at our Monday morning recovery ride, obviously the 4 grades of women’s cycling for the most recent Smashfest series was outstanding, but just having a women’s ride that is consistent is a big deal in this town. I do know that asking for forgiveness is easier than asking for permission; full steam ahead.
THE RIDE: Mondays Women’s recovery ride leaves from behind Frasers in Kings Park, we’ll be near the toilet block and we leave at 6am, I can’t stress enough that we stay together, I’m the ride leader most weeks unless I’m out of town, and nobody get’s left behind. We aim to ride no faster than 25km/h [average] and I like to hang out at the back keeping an eye on cars and riders. It’s a 25km ride and it’s an out and back course, we take the river route and turn at the Boys School. We’re back to Kings Park at about 7am, we head to Riverview cafe at the bottom of Mount Street for coffee.
Monday morning recovery ride is the best way to start the day and the week in a positive way.
Occasionally if I think I have something to say about cycling then I’ll put it here, I won’t be interviewing anyone anymore so feel free to tune out if this isn’t your thing. If you want to contribute about your cycling journey then that’s cool as well, got any other ideas? I’d love to hear it.
I do have uni to consider, I work full time, my partner wants to qualify for the World Long Course Championships and I want to win a bunch of stuff as well, so there isn’t a heap of time left in my day.
Amazing what happens when you turn 30… who new it would be this good?