Category - Training Sessions

2014 Training Update

For anyone who’s followed my blog and the posts on here will know, I set myself some goals at the beginning of 2014, one of which was to cycle 1000 miles this year. This may not seem like a lot to many, but for me it’s a pretty good goal as my spare time is limited and the weather in the UK is generally petty rubbish to say the least. So getting out on the bike can sometimes prove to be awkward.

Well, the beginning of the year started pretty poorly, with minimal training for the first third (only 22 miles in January and nothing then until April) – not a good start by anyone’s standards.  So this has meant my goal has become somewhat harder with a considerably shorter time frame to achieve it in.

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First Gym Fitness Session Completed.

Blaenavon Fitness Centre
[dropcap2]W[/dropcap2]ell, it’s done – Gym session one is over with and it was a lot harder than I’d anticipated! As mentioned in my previous post about going back to the gym after a long time, this was my first visit since I was 24 / 25 years old and was a real shock to the system! Still, the hardest part is done, I’ve joined, attended and now I’m paying the price. 🙂

The induction lasted about 45 minutes and after we’d been introduced to all the machines of torture, it was time to get stuck in and get a feel for the various pieces of equipment and see how I intend to use them. For me, this first session was to take a look at what machines can help me focus on the areas I want to target – specifically: Stomach, lower back, arms & shoulders. I’m not interested in trying to become the next Arnold Schwarzenegger, but to tone the parts of the body that cycling alone can’t really help with. This is a means to an end, a way to tighten the stomach and combined with my diet, and getting back out on the bike to keep the cardiovascular levels up, improve body shape & BMI.

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