Most of us have a story about one special girlfriend that encouraged us to get out and ride. Find someone within your community (or reach out to meet up groups, cycling clubs, etc.) to ‘sponsor’ your newfound love of cycling by teaching you basic cycling skills, riding with you, and schooling you on the ins and outs of riding. I recommend a girlfriend because we’ve all been in the place where you stand today, and it’s our job to mentor one another on (and off) the bike. Plus, the cycling community loves to pay it forward.
Make it Official
Tell the world through Facebook, Twitter, and email that you are getting into cycling. Keep your community appraised to your training, invite them to ride with you, and verbalize your goals. It will keep you accountable.
Set them. If it’s doing a mile loop around your neighborhood or riding a 25-mile fundraising ride, just set your weekly or monthly goals, and stick to them as best you can. Training Peaks is a great place to keep track of workouts and find a similar solution. Life often gets in the way, so make sure that the goals you set are the ones you can accomplish. Set yourself up for success!
For many of us, riding on the open roads is scary, not to mention potential falls from childhood that have forever scarred us. If you’re feeling like this is a hindrance, consider working with a Sports Psychologist. You may think this sounds odd for a first-timer, although I hired one when I trained for my first marathon, and it made a world of difference in my running (and attitude.)
Your successes along the way, and don’t compare yourself to other riders. Check your ego at the door and enjoy the open air. By doing that, a whole new world will open up to you.
An avid cyclist, Teresa also knew she wanted to create something to encourage women to get outside on their bikes and support a meaningful cause – Venus de Miles was born. Since its inception, Colorado’s first all-women’s road ride, which is orchestrated by and benefits Greenhouse Scholars, has raised $380,981 for the organization.