Introducing the Easy Rider blog

October 6, 2015

BY ALANA GEE.

My current list of inspirational girls includes Kate Perry. No, I have not spelled that wrong. Someone told me how much time she spends working out recently and my goal is to match it. Also on this list is Leeana-Kate James, Sarah Hammond and Verita Stewart. Peta Mullins is up there too – then there’s Caz. Caz is just one of those people who makes you want to be a better person. She’s constantly pushing me to do better each time. She’s the one who says “try that thing, even if you don’t feel you’re ready for it. What’s the worst that could happen?” and usually she’s right.

Okay, I’ll let you in on my secret, since I seem to have lost you at Kate Perry – I ride bikes. I like to ride them as fast as possible both up and down as many hills as possible. Why? Because it’s fun and because there seems to be an amazingly supportive network of women out there who are willing to help me get better at riding bikes for no reason other than the fact that they’re good people.

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My trusty steed next to Caz’s on the bridge I attempted to cross last week.

I first got on a bike in March this year. I messaged my mate Caz, who I knew spent a lot of time on bikes and asked her if I could tag along with her. Previously I’ve boxed, been a gym junkie and played football and cricket. I’ve always loved my sport but I don’t think I’ve ever done anything like cycling before. There’s such an amazing community and for anyone who’s looking to get fit but doesn’t want to fly solo, I would recommend it as a starting point.

Not only are there groups like Wheel Women and the Breeze Riders (which run rides all over Melbourne) to help get you started, but as I mentioned, there are so many women doing impressive things throughout all aspects of cycling. One of my favourite ladies to watch at the moment is Leeana – Kate James. Not only did the girl come from a dancing background to get on a bike and find that she loves it, but is currently winning pretty much everything in track cycling at the moment – ohhh yeah and I should mention she only got a track bike in January this year.

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Leeana–Kate James (Pic by Julien Lepine)

I personally started with the goal of being able to ride to work, maybe doing a few things because it looked like fun – and I was right. It was. I’ve pretty much given up the gym to focus on cycling full time and when I go to the gym these days, it’s so that I can be a better cyclist. Sure, I don’t look like Rhonda Rousey or Michelle Bridges, but I can outride the kid who got on a bike in March this year and I’m showing my nephews that you don’t need a car to get everywhere and to me that’s more important. The fact that I feel healthier, sleep better and am pretty happy with myself when I look in the mirror is a bonus.

Follow me as I track my progress from casual gym goer to commuter to cyclist. My ultimate goal is 278km of hell. Yeah, I’ll let you know how I go with that. Along the way I’ll look at different gyms, diets, workouts and ways to sneak exercise into your daily routine. I’ll show you some of the ladies who have inspired me and some who have helped me.

See you on the road.

See Alana’s other adventures HERE.


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