HOW CY­CLING CHANGED MY LIFE...

Susan’s love of cy­cling has helped her find con­fi­dence again

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WHAT WAS YOUR LIFE LIKE BE­FORE THE BIKE?

I put weight on af­ter a brain in­jury dur­ing my divorce. I be­came heav­ier and in­creas­ingly un­healthy. Be­fore this, cy­cling had been my pas­sion and I’d been part of cy­cle tour­ing groups.

HOW DID CY­CLING HELP?

As I be­gan to lose weight I took up run­ning but I fell badly and in­jured my­self. So, I got my bike out, dusted if off and started to cy­cle with a brace on my frac­tured wrist. I was slow to start with - only about 10 miles an hour. But as I got fit­ter and stronger I could cy­cle 30 miles eas­ily at about 17mph. My favourite mo­ment was over­tak­ing a group of male hill climbers on the as­cent up Prim­rose Lane in Al­van­ley, Cheshire. It’s a steep climb and the look on their faces as they were over­taken by a mid­dle-aged woman on an old Peu­geot was price­less!

HOW DID YOU CHANGE YOUR DIET?

I joined a Her­bal­ife pro­gramme. I started by fo­cus­ing on break­fast. I learnt through the nu­tri­tion classes how cru­cial that is and why it’s so piv­otal to health. With that right, I started to change bad diet habits.

HOW ELSE HAS CY­CLING CHANGED YOUR LIFE?

Sud­denly I could cy­cle up hills that I would have dreaded even walk­ing up. It’s re­stored my con­fi­dence. I can get out on the road and fo­cus on noth­ing but the cy­cling. I’m now rid­ing be­tween 50-100 miles each week. I also do high-in­ten­sity in­ter­val train­ing ses­sions with­out any prob­lem, my rest­ing heart rate is down to 42 beats per minute and my choles­terol to­tal has gone from 6.8 to 4.4.

TOP TIP

Cross train. I swim and use a lo­cal gym to ex­er­cise my hip flex­ors. Yoga classes keep me men­tally on track, work dif­fer­ent mus­cle groups and aid strength and ton­ing. Has cy­cling changed your life? Email us at cy­cling­plus@im­me­di­ate.co.uk

Be­ing on the bike has helped Susan bounce back phys­i­cally and men­tally

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