A cold rainy day in London, not ideal for a three and a half hour cycle ride; nonetheless the ladies powered, or rather power-cycled through. And Lizzie Armitstead came away with Britain’s first Olympic medal of London 2012 – and I have to say it may have inspired me to get on my bike (perhaps when its not pouring with rain though).
Watching it, it’s scary how close the cyclists get to each other. And when you think it could all be over if they touch, you realise the amount of concentration and fearlessness of these cyclists. Impressive stuff! Now I am most certainly not usually a sports fan, but even I can appreciate the amount of drive required to win (in case you couldn’t tell I think I’m getting excited). Especially when you consider how absolutely exhausted you would be, having cycled tens of kilometres.
Now I’m not very sporty, so while in my mind having been inspired by today’s cycling, I am the next Olympic cycling champion, I know that that is probably not going to be the reality. Especially when you consider that these athletes train practically every day, all day. So don’t expect to see me competing internationally in the velodrome or as the front runner at the Tour de France anytime soon!
Regardless, I remain inspired. The bike is being wheeled out again (excuse the pun)fFor regular riding (which would of course tone the thighs – my biggest nemesis). I have also been toying with the idea of a charity fundraising cycle ride. I read about it months ago and thought to myself ‘that sounds cool’, never did anything about it, but after today I’m finding myself increasingly drawn to the idea. The genesis Research Trust organises cycling trips all around the world and you can now register for Cycle Sri Lanka 2013. I am definitely keen! It’ll be my very own Tour de France – An adventure and for a good cause. It’s being added to my bucket list!
Right – game on! I’m now off to wipe the cobwebs off the bike …
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