Its been a few weeks since I lasted updated you on my progress. I am glad to say that all is still going well, my little and often approach to training during the week is really starting to pay dividends. Last weekend I took a leap forward with a very solid 35K, held a constant speed and finished feeling good and despite a few aches and a need to refuel I felt I could have carried on.
However perhaps the most significant benefit of cycling that I am now discovering is not actually a physical improvement, although that is a definite bonus. I don’t want to turn this blog into some personal cathartic instrument however over the past several weeks a few elements of my life have become increasingly stressful. The news that my job is now at risk and that I look likely to become another casualty to the recession is obviously something that prays heavily on my mind. However within minutes of getting on my bike the troubles just seem to fade away. The concentration of maintaining a good pace, the physical effort of pushing myself up another hill seems to have a zen like effect. Although the issues are still there the ability to escape for an hour or so and clear my head are so welcome and even helps my general non-cycling well being. I hope my previous musings on here have persuaded one or two novices to start riding or keep going, but if you’re still unsure I have to say this unapparent benefit of relieving stress is one more reason to get out there and pedal.