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Thursday, February 03, 2005

Why I like cycling

I am obsessed with cycling. I cycled 165.7km last week. I have all the equipment. I have 3 jerseys, 3 pairs of cycling shorts (nicks) and a bib and brace. I also have a top of the line helmet from Giro and a heart rate monitor . Apparently, I got my heart rate up to 192 beats per minute while riding round a cycling track.
If I'm not cycling, I'm reading about it on the internet or flip through pages of overseas cycling magazines in Borders. I do not buy these overseas cycling magazines however as they are quite expensive.
I usually go cycling in Parramatta on Saturday mornings at 6.30am with a bunch of people who are much fitter than I am. The numbers range from 6 to 24 riders. We have a 4 week rotation program (2 weeks - Great Western Highway loop, then Merrylands track then a ride through the country). They seem to have an endless amount of time on their hands. On average, they individually ride about 200km per week. They are faster and stronger than I am. The guy who leads the bunch, Geoff Stoker is an Australian Masters Track Cycing Champion. That means that he is a sprinter and has thick tree trunks for legs. He knows all the major cyclists including Martin Vinnecomb and Brad McGee. In fact he invited Brad McGee to come riding with us. If you don't know who Brad McGee is, he won gold at Athens in the track sprint.
During a normal week away from the bunch, I ride 3 times in the morning beginning around 6 to 6.30am. The route I take is from home, Old South Head Road to Campbell Parade (Bondi Beach), up Military Road, left at Old South Head Road to Watson's Bay then via Hoptoun Avenue (Vaucluse) back to Old South Head Road. My average speed is 25km/h. I usually ride for one hour then prepare for work. I followed this regime for a few weeks until Christmas.
Paradoxically, I am also quite lazy. Since coming back from holidays however, I have not gone riding during the week. There have been many excuses - jet lag, fatigue, rain but chiefly its because I'm lazy. So I will try harder from now on.
But I haven't answered my own question. I like it because it is incredibly challenging. It is not easy to ride 70km in one go, especially if you go up and down hills and try to average 30km/h while doing it. Also, it gets you really fit and strong and you learn balance. As it is not a team sport, you have no one to blame but yourself if you are not performing. In other team sports, you can always blame your teammates for your shortcomings.
It is also a very technical sport. There is alot to learn about frames, forks, pedals, materials, measurements, aerodynamics and the like. It is this coupling of technical and physical stuff that makes cycling interesting and thats why I like it. However, I would like it a whole lot better if I was better at it!

4 Comments:

  • At February 3, 2005 at 4:01 AM, Blogger Bex said…

    HT you are my idol. I love it when people become passionate about something. But I know the real reason you cycle is because you want to have a hot body and look gay so you can make Gnat jealous when other people squeeze your firm cycling buttocks. har!

     
  • At February 3, 2005 at 4:39 AM, Blogger jaysun said…

    HT's always the last one in his cycling group. He claims it's because he's not as fit and as experienced as the others, so he can't keep up.

    But the truth is, he likes to check out everyone's ass...

     
  • At February 3, 2005 at 3:44 PM, Blogger gnatski said…

    the reason i like cycling is cos now you look so sexy ;) though it is a bit disconcerting when all the cute guys check you out, instead of me!
    hope you never get those tree trunk legs... nice muscly ones would be good tho :)

     
  • At February 3, 2005 at 7:19 PM, Blogger jaysun said…

    Tree trunk legs also make your kukujiao look smaller.

     

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