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by Verita Stewart
December 24, 2015
Photography by Cor Vos
WOMEN'S CYCLING BROUGHT TO YOU BY ORBEA
I don’t know about you, but there have been many times when I’ve been struggling on the bike. This has happened during racing as well as training. It may be that you are fatigued, it’s hot or cold, you’re bonking, a little unfit, not prepared for the ride, not used to the gradient or just having a bad day. Those times when your legs don’t seem to be working, you start to go backwards uphill or maybe your head’s just not in it. Often, when you are feeling the struggle, you’re also feeling vulnerable, frustrated and sometimes angry. Whatever the reasons for your struggle, there are always little things that help or hinder you when you are in this vulnerable state. Here’s what to do and what not to do when your training buddy is struggling.
We’ve all had a day when we feel ordinary on the bike. Show some compassion to your friend who may be struggling, because you never know when you will feel the same way. It makes riding more enjoyable when you know that your friends have your back.
I’m signing off for 2015. I’m off to Falls Creek for some training with friends before the 2016 racing season begins.
Thanks for a great year. I’ve enjoyed sharing my stories with you all. If you have any story requests or suggestions, please let me know in the comments below!
Enjoy the Festive 500 and ride safe into the new year.
The tagline to Verita Stewart’s personal blog reads: “Not a professional cyclist, yet” and it’s the “yet” that’s most telling. Verita is a Melbourne-based cyclist riding for Specialized Securitor. New to the sport, she’s quickly made the jump from commuting to recreational riding to racing.
She now juggles full-time work with full-time NRS racing and hopes to make the leap to the big-leagues sometime soon. Verita is full of stories and smiles and snark – and will bring all three to you on Ella. Follow Verita on twitter and instagram and strava.