Shayna's Training Diary - 50km Around the Bay
When you're new to cycling, signing up for an event with a shorter distance like 50km, is a great way to kick-start your training and motivate you to get on the bike.
Week 1 - 1st August to 7th August
Went for my first ride on the Sunday before week 1 started as it was a nice day, took a while to get use to the different handle placement, brakes etc. Was my furthest ride so far, was a lot easier then I thought, especially since it was so busy, rode with my partner so might have been a bit of competitiveness coming out. Had the afternoon off work on Tuesday, so made the most of the clear weather and went for a ride along the beach down to Hampton, first time riding down this way, was quite enjoyable as there was more variation in the pathway.
Saturday morning I had my bootcamp down at Elwood beach, so decided to ride down, and then go for a ride along the beach after, my legs were quite sore from the workout and from the day before so my ride ended up being more of a leisurely pace, but better than nothing. I had hoped to get more km’s in this week but had been quite busy with work, and not the best weather. Sunday I didn’t end up going for a ride as my body was quite tired from a long week so had a relaxing day.
Week 2 - 8th August to 14th August
This week has been a busy week, I haven’t been able to get in a ride till today (Sunday 14th) as work has been busy and events have popped up in the evenings. Todays ride was a good one though, managed 19.7km in an hour, went along the beach tracks as usual but as it was quite busy decided to ride along back along the road as I need to get use to riding on the road. There were a lot of other cyclists out so it pushed me a bit which I think helped get the distance in this time. Was a great day for it!
Week 3 - 15th August to 21st August
This week has been better, my bootcamp has now finished, so I am back at the gym. Tuesday I decided to do RPM class to get some extra kms in, I did around 15km in 40min. Wednesday I had the day off, although I had a busy day planned I managed to get a quick 30 minute ride along the beach in and took some photos. I'm off back to NZ (very) early Saturday morning so not sure if I will get another ride in before then, but will have access to an exercycle back home so will try get on this if I can!
Week 4 - 22nd August to 28th August
This week I haven't been able to get out for a ride yet, as I was in NZ until Wednesday night, Thursday was a busy day catching up with work (and sleep!) I am looking forward to Saturday's organised ride with the Bicycle Network. I plan to ride with the team to Black Rock and then make my own way back as I don’t think I’m quite ready to do the full distance yet and don’t know if I will have the time before I am due to go out.
Saturday morning’s ride went very well, turned around when the team stopped at Black Rock, definitely felt like I could have gone further, although once I was on my return journey realised I was a little tired as this was against the wind and a little harder. Was good to ride with a group and keep up at a good pace. Hopefully there will be more rides like this before ATB!
Week 5 - 29th August to 5th September
Tuesday Morning was RPM Class to get in some extra km’s, I only had half an hour to spend at the gym so got in about 12km. I have still been a bit busy to get in any other rides during the week.
Sunday morning went for a nice ride along Beach Road down to Sandringham, then stopped in Elwood for a well deserved breakfast with my partner on the way back. The ride ended up being a nice 20km. I've noticed my pace starting to pick up a long now, especially with other riders on the road (although they overtake me) it gives me motivation to keep my speed up.
Week 6 - 6th September to 12th September
On Tuesday morning I went for a quick ride before work, was hoping to get in about 30 minutes but did a bit of a circuit around the area and ended up being only just over 20 minutes, will definitely check the clock before heading back next time. I think from now I should be able to get in 1 or two rides weekday mornings as it is getting quite light, which is perfect as it means I can sleep in a little longer then if I was to go to the gym :) always a bonus! For the next few weeks I am aiming to get in some bigger distances on my weekend rides, will see how it goes!