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Last year Scotland, this year Wales for my cycle challenge! The inaugural Velothon Wales offered two routes of 50km or 140km (87 miles) on closed roads starting and finishing in Cardiff. I had signed up for the 140km which included 2 climbs, the Tumble (as used in the 2014 Tour of Britain) and Caerphilly Mountain.
So first things first – as per usual I hadn’t done loads of training but happily it turns out I was fitter than I thought. I started off thinking I’ll just get around the course but I made it up both climbs without stopping or walking and really enjoyed myself. Read more →
I first heard about High Intensity Internal Training or HIIT when I read “The First 20 Minutes” by Gretchen Reynolds (an excellent read about the science behind exercise). Then Dr Michael Mosley had a go on the BBC’s Horizon programme “The Truth About Exercise”:
Now that the turbo trainer is set up I have to decide what to on it. There is no shortage of information on the internet. The sheer volume is overwhelming and you can easily end up with analysis paralysis.
I finally decided to bite the bullet and buy a turbo trainer. My husband and I had debated whether to buy one all winter but didn’t do so thinking we did not have enough room, couldn’t justify the expense and that I would never use it. Quite a few of our fellow club members have them to keep fit over the winter which is the traditional time for indoor training. (My husband had also borrowed some rollers to try but decided they were a health and safety nightmare!) Read more →