What made you get into cycling?
I got into cycling by necessity really. I’d always been a hobby runner but my Whippet is getting to the stage where 10 milers are a challenge. I needed to look at supplementing my training and decided that Triathlon was worth a look. We’ve a really great club locally which really helped with the transition (no pun intended!) so I had to get back on my bike and progress from doggy paddle.
What has been your proudest/best cycling moment?
My best moment so far has been getting round my first Olympic distance race in Llanberis with the broadest grin on my face. You can’t beat being out in the fresh air in that scenery and the sensation of speed (even at my pace) is a great compliment the the run to follow.
What has been the biggest challenge you have faced?
This has been quite similar to running – it has been the mental block of certain mileages. My commute is about 30 miles each way and I was so used to driving it that the thought of cycling the route was outrageous! Once done though it opens up a world of possibilities.
Who is your inspiration, and why?
No one in particular but when running and cycling I always consider those who would love to do the sports but for whatever reason can’t and I feel privileged that I have the health and freedom to be out there sweating.
What are your future goals?
I have my eye on a full Iron distance Tri next year. Not sure where yet but that’s my goal for 2016.
What would be your one piece of essential advice to someone looking to start up cycling?
Get advice on bike sizing and fit. I started using the bike is had for years which as it transpires is too big so I was struggling with back and neck pain. Having moved onto a smaller bike the difference is amazing.
What is your favourite piece of cycling kit?
Padded shorts. They have saved me hours of pain.
What’s your favourite thing about cycling?
The sensation of freedom out there on a balmy summers evening on the moors or through the dales with no rush or place to be just enjoying being in that moment.
And as it’s Fathers Day, what would be your advice to Dads out there?
Good advice which I should be don’t always observe myself – appreciate the ones who are left at home whilst you’re out enjoying the road. Or, better still, get them a bike 🙂
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