Well it has been a while hasn’t it?
I’d love to say I have been clocking up some serious miles and gone from beginner to semi pro in cycling skills … Alas, in truth whilst I have taken some commutes to work, I haven’t had as much time as I’d hoped to go cycling.
First of all, I been eating way too much of things like this:
Extremely yummy but all I want to do after such treats is relax and read a gossip magazine!
Another issue I have encountered is Lebs hair! Normally, I plait it, so using a helmet is no problem. It also means that I can still go cycling when I want to, without having to find a baby sitter first. However Lebs scalp has recently been very sore so I have had to give the plaiting a rest.
But there is no helmet for Afro Thunder!
So no passenger ride for Lebs for now. I’ve found out that Caroline actually is really great for leading Lebs home from nursery. So we walk to and from nursery and I can ride the rest of the way to work.
I’m frustrated though that I haven’t been able to go on longer rides. What I would like from cycling besides all round fitness is stronger legs, a more toned shape. My work is not far enough from home for me to harvest the results I would like.
I discussed my worries with a cycling friend who also has commitments and was advised to try Hindu Squats between riding days.
I do squats generally and couldn’t see initially what was special about Hindu Squats. I was hell-bent on completing the 30 day squat challenge despite the fact that my cycling friend promised me it would not particularly improve my cycling:
But then I tried them! I started to feel results within days. (See a demonstration here ). And there was no need to do hundreds of them!
In fact I was so excited to feel the beginnings of muscle bulge in my thighs that I hurried out to try a hill near to home which normally proves troublesome… I cleared it! It was still hard but I felt empowered by my new strength. Suddenly I felt I had finally progressed from my first time!
So I will be continuing with these until Lebs hair back on the bike with me once more, and beyond. What kind of exercises do you do between rides? All tips are welcome!