Get on your bike!
A couple of weeks ago I rode my bike 200km in a weekend.
If this seems incomprehensible you are not alone - so did I.
I am not a fitness freak - far from it, I don't do cardio (aka heart racing) but I am in pretty 'good shape' (178cm, 67kg, no medical issues) because I have 2 little ones, know how to eat & cook well and can manage with finesse the "energy IN and energy OUT equation. My work is online (aka sedentary) but I keep the hours at my computer minimised and rarely managed to sit for more than 3 hrs per session.
The 200km was a fundraising ride for cancer and I was in a little team with a fabulous captain (Jane McKellar) who knew what she was doing and a team mate (Suellen Hughes) who had amazing stamina & legs. The foundation (for the Chris OBrien Lifehouse at the RPA) put the ride on this augural ride in Sydney)
I joined Team Fabulousness to:
a) Raise funds for cancer (our team raised more than $12,000& the event raised $5.7mio - the most EVER raised in Australia in an event). Stats indicate 1 in 4 of us will get cancer - my husbands family has been affected - fortunately in their twilight years so my 'get off my bum' factor was high.
b) Get fit & in better shape - summer is on its way & I have a business all about 'beauty wellbeing" so um, I guess I should practise what I preach - right? Yep!
c) See if I could achieve such a massive challenge - does eating well everyday help you make challenges like this easier? (incase you are wondering - the answer is YES!)
d) Enjoy the comradeship - the ra ra ra. There is nothing better than being part of team when you are on a journey together.
e) See if I could use this a catalyst to bring exercise and motivation into my "recipe for Beauty Wellbeing" to share with you.
I 'trained' to use the word loosely on an old bike before I bought (3 weeks before the ride) a lightweight hybrid (Avanti Blade 3), it was a dream ride after that with gears that change with a quick flick! I did not go for the super-dooper click-in-shoe peddles as 1) I was too scared & 2) I knew this would be our 2nd family bike for outings as our 4&1/2 & nearly 6 year old kids have been off trainer wheels for years.
My training involved 5 sessions at Centennial Park building to 7 laps (about 4.5km per lap), a 32km ride on the M7, a 30km ride to and around Homebush Bay, a 30km ride around Botany Bay followed the next day by a 5okm ride to Kernal from Brighten le sands. That's it! And I rode the 200km with out any sore bits in following days - don't ask me how my heart was going up some of the massive hills tho!
My message is: it's all about making time, being on a team (or little community like this) & without doubt having a well nourished body & mind to get "on your bike"!
So let me know if you want to "get on ya bike too" and see some 'move food' motivation!
These picture are taken on our ride - most of them are by the photographer Edwin Santiago.