Introducing a new cyclist
This week I had the pleasure of introducing somebody to cycling. The ride had been several months in the planning, with lots of research and preparation into the appropriate equipment. However, before we could embark I set this newbie one strict requirement: no cycling until you can sit up by yourself.
With the necessary strength training completed, the only thing left was to carb-load for our epic ride. Spaghetti was the obvious choice. Not only does it provide the essential glycogen to the muscles, it’s also good fun.
My only advice to this novice was to have fun, but do it safely so your mother doesn’t worry. So we killed two birds with one stone and headed to the city to buy a helmet and to have lunch with Mum. At the cycle shop I stood her in front of a row of helmets. She could have chosen blue, green, yellow … but in one bold move she leaned forward and pulled the pink one off the shelf. If she ever has a younger brother then this potential hand-me-down was not my decision!
After lunch we headed home for our epic ride. I’d planned a testing 1 & 1/2 mile loop of the village.
This was a positive first introduction to cycling and after months of planning and preparation (not to mention spending on equipment) it was a great relief that it went so smoothly.