Monday, 1 August 2011

Wow its been a while

It seems like ages since I posted on here.  So what have I been up to?  Coaching, Road Cycling, MTB and Time Trialing.

4 weeks ago myself and two club members started coaching kids in North Cheshire Clarion Kids Club which teaches kids additional skills to improve there riding and to help to develop a competitive nature.  So far it is amazing and it's something I am very passionate about.  Seeing someones skills improve during a session is a great feeling and knowing that, it drives me on.

I have now taken part in three time trials.  Yes I know I swore I wouldn't do it again, but the element of competitive racing is starting to kick in.  I want to race either against myself or others and TTing is filling that need.  My first time over 8.75 miles was 26.24 minutes, this came down to 25.40 and then last week I did a 25.45.  I was actually very annoyed with myself as I wanted to take time out of it not slow down.  I felt great on the way out on the way back I struggled and I have now learned to back off a bit on the way out.

In terms of road riding I actually went out on a Sunday club ride this week and ended up doing 60 miles with some great hill climbing.  I have noticed that my riding attitude has changed since Rough Ride.  At Rough Ride I struggled with the mental aspect of it, the weather, the climbs etc all got into my head and I bottled it before I started.  Now, I see every hill as a challenge and every ride as something to enjoy instead of worrying about what it will entail. 

Im loving my riding again and I love the coaching.  I will keep this up to date a bit more now but for now i'm off to finish off my paperwork for the final day of my coaching qualification.

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