Me at Ironman NZ 2016
Hello, even though it's been many months since I posted my "Introduce Yourself" post in Steemit, I thought it would be a good time to do a similar post to the @cyclefeed channel, as I have only recently found this great little group dedicated to Cycling.
I Haven't Always Been A Cyclist
Growing up in Australia, of course I grew up in a typical working class, suburban area and riding bikes was always a big part of that, at least in the 80's and 90's when I was a kid. Riding bikes was fun, but at that point in my life my, getting out on my BMX was never going to be much more than a chance to get away from home for an hour or two. I knew way a road bike was, but for me it was almost in the same category as a supercar or a pony, something people owned but always out of the reach of normal people like me.
As time when on, I grew up and in my mid 30's as I realised I was able to do things like run and swim for a lot longer than other people did. Of course I had head of triathlons and always wanted to make a move to the sport, and was slowly coersed into the sport by a friend. Even though I worked hard at the sport, I would never have called myself a cyclist. I used cycling as a means of transport and something I would use to fill the gap between the swim and run leg in a triathlon.
Back in 2014 in Melbourne
Cycling, As A Decision
I remember the day that things changed for me. I turned the TV on and highlights of the Tour De France was on. I had never seen a mountain stage before and by chance, Michael Rogers, an Aussie ended up winning the stage for that day. that kinda changed things for me, I wanted to do what he was doing. I went out and found hills to climb and started to actually enjoy being out on the road for hours. It took a while, but I was entering Ironman triathlons with a bike leg of 180kms. I would go out on the road for 6 hours and it almost felt like nothing.
Michael Rogers Winning Stage 16:
My New Cycling Goals
I still see myself with having limited experience so I have made some new goals for the remainder of this year:
- Improve my speed on the bike, especially during longer rides
- Start writing about cycling, instead of focusing on just running
- Improve my knowledge of cycling, especially bike maintenance
One last pic of me at Ironman NZ 2016
So, from now you should be seeing me a little bit more regularly on the @cyclefeed channel with some more writing about:
- My training and racing
- Cycling new, like the Grand Tours
- I am thinking of starting with an A-Z of Cycling, similar to something I did with the @runningproject
I have done a lot of writing in the past for different running blog, websites and have a couple of technical book out in the wild, while I am currently writing my third. I hope I can bring something interesting and fun to the channel and if there is any way that I can help, please let me know.
My prevous post for the @cyclefeed is a cycling book review, so feel free to look it up below:
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