I have always been a fan of Pro Cycling. I claim that the 1996 tour was when I first loved the sport but really it was the 2000 tour and the Lance years. (Note – Never liked Lance even before the recent doping revelations). I played Table Tennis at a high level during that time so there was no real drive to start road cycling – did love a good bike ride with friends though.
After graduating, working in the city, moving back home and working locally, I bought my first, and only for now, road bike in 2009. The very awesome Wilier Mortirolo Veloce:
My choice of bike had to be Italian – the whole romance of cycling. A full post of my bike and love of Italian craftsmanship (style over substance) is sure to follow at some point.
In essence, love the cycling but only really clocked some “proper” miles starting in May 2012. I started watching Ironman by accident in August 2012, and was truly captivated by it, but thought as a complete non-runner (I hated running) this was not really for me.I was clocking lots of miles on the bike and felt no urge to swim or run.
In the quest for more speed and better comfort i moved my saddle height up, a fairly innocuous thing to do, right? Umm NO!
I went on two long 50 mile rides over a weekend and then come Monday, I felt the pain in my hip and ignored it as was not too bad. Come Tuesday getting of a train, I could barely walk. Trochanteric Bursitis had claimed another cycling victim. The only thing to do is Ice and rest.
As a result of not being able to do anything, I watched a lot of Ironman World Champion on Youtube. I was really getting into the idea of Triathlon even though i was stuck not even being able to ride. A Friend of my brother was doing the London 2012 sprint distance and this fascinated me.
Being injured and actually motivated is the most frustrating thing in the world but some was round the corner.
I won a Polar RCX 5! It is a overpriced but superb multi-sport heart rate monitor and gps tracker. Only issue is that the GPS module is on an arm cuff and not in-built, but more on that another time.
I told the guys in the office and straight away they all said put it on Ebay and get the money. You what? In my eyes this is the most awesome thing in the world, I am a huge fan of stats and numbers (probably why i love Strava so much).
Winning his gave me the push to start running (and swimming again). I found out that I really am not that bad* of a runner but I was a good swimmer until i actually tried to swim again.
*Pretty bad really………..