Cycle Circuit Racing - Sarah Hobbs

Cycle Circuit Racing - Sarah Hobbs

Yesterday was my first experience of a bike race! It’s something I’ve been wanting to have a go at for about a year. British Cycling are actively encouraging more women to race and so are increasing the number of opportunities for women to try racing. I entered a category 4 race , which is open to all women of all ages and abilities.

Guest blog by Sarah Hobbs, who raced her first cycle circuit race this weekend.

Control the Controllables – Puncture Session

Control the Controllables – Puncture Session

We have been working on controlling the controllables and not getting stressed about the things you can’t control. What if it pours with rain on race day? There is NOTHING you can do to prevent that, but you can control your reaction to the conditions – think about your clothing choices, test out all the potential kit you might use so you are comfortable with whatever you need on the big day.

What if you get a puncture? Bloody annoying. Easy to allow something like that to derail your race, but there is no point getting stressed about the possibility. Much better to think about how you would react in a race situation and, if needs be, practice.

Happy Place

Happy Place

Close your eyes and try to select a happy place and time. The detail is crucial though – it has to be more than, “Oh yeah, I really liked it at my birthday party last week.” Conjur up the sights, sounds and smells in your mind. The more detail, the more effective this will be at transporting you from your current situation into that happy place.

Biomechanical Fitness

Biomechanical Fitness

At the Double Brutal, I was aerobically fit enough to complete the race, but my body let me down. I was not biomechanically fit enough to reach the finish line. As I plan the next great adventure, I know that I have to address this issue, and that’s how I ended up talking to Alice Frewin of Sano Physiotherapy in Morley, with a notebook in my hand, reading out a laundry list of physical problems.