Health

Wednesday 30 July 2014

Bike has brought out the kid in me

Olympic cycling champion, Victoria Pendleton pictured at Halfords, Blanchardstown last year where she officially launched her Pendleton bike range - the type chosen by Vicki Notaro.
Olympic cycling champion, Victoria Pendleton pictured at Halfords, Blanchardstown last year where she officially launched her Pendleton bike range - the type chosen by Vicki Notaro.

Do you know what? I think editing FIT Magazine is finally starting to really rub off on me, because this week I'm starting not one new fitness pursuit, but two! And what's more, I'm excited about them.

Yesterday I was fitted for my first bike since I was a child – I chose a beautiful old-fashioned style frame designed by Olympian Victoria Pendleton, complete with basket and bell, and I instantly fell in love with it. I'll be riding to and from the office to try out the biking to work scheme. However, I'm a little nervous as I live in quite an urban area. I'll be writing about my commuting on two wheels exploits in a future issue of FIT, so keep your eyes peeled.

And if you happen to see me on the roads looking a bit nervous as buses whizz by, do say a little prayer for me!

I'm also taking my first TRX class this week. I've done some of the suspension style movements as part of a circuit in personal training, but never a full class.

I'm excited because both workouts have an element of fun to them – it's not all a hard slog, which is so important in terms of motivation. The bike has brought out the big kid in me – see photo as evidence – and swinging out of the ceiling from ropes is sure to remind me of my days in the playground ... although slightly more intense I imagine!

This week we feature brain hacker Keith Barry, who tells us how he manages to keep up his super healthy lifestyle even while on tour, plus the rest of the cycling fixtures for 2014. Perhaps I'll even be entering some of the events! Until next week ...

Irish Independent

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