5 months with the club

November marked my 5th month anniversary with Weaver Valley Cycling Club. In such a short period of time I feel I've developed as a cyclist. I'm not by any means the finished article but I've ridden on the track and my hill climbing has improved so I'm now not totally off the back. This is mostly down to watching others developing my technique and having better anticipation and gear selection when it came to the hill.

I've unfortunately not had a consistent run of club runs due to personal commitments and also helping out with marshalling. I've normally had 2 or 3 in a row weekends with a week off but I'm finding that I'm loosing weight and I'm learning that when the pace eases up, to take drink, a deep breath and getting ready for the next onslaught.

I enjoy the company within the club, everyone is great and supportive. There are some amazing cyclists, where they get the power and energy from I don't know! You learn the best groups to be in for your own ability and I'm really enjoying my cycling. I also enjoy being part of the cycling community, getting involved in marshalling etc.

Getting involved with a cycling club is definitely worth it, I've found that a lot of new members are already very fit from having been involved in marathons or triathalons previously, others have built their way up gradually like me. So, if you're thinking of joining a club for the 2011 season, I would say make sure you have a couple of sportives in the legs to test your ability and get involved.

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