Struggling to successfully integrate cycling into your daily life? Feel that it’s a constant battle to find time to jump in the saddle?
Rachel Fenton, who conquered the ABSA Cape Epic, a 7 stage mountain bike race, shares how she juggles her double life. Within 36 hours of finishing Cape Epic, Rachel was back in college, training to be an accountant, miles apart from the adrenaline rush of the trails in South Africa. Here’s how she does it…
After cycling home from work, struggling to carry my bike up the two flights of stairs in my flat, I sometimes wonder, as I clamp it into the turbo trainer, pushing myself to complete my intervals, what the hell I’m doing?
Unfortunately, working as a trainee accountant, racing mountain bike marathons in the UK and Europe and living miles from the countryside are not natural bedfellows. Training in London inevitably means sitting on the turbo, looking longingly out over the hills of Kent and restraining myself from racing the other commuters.
When I was working towards the Cape Epic Stage Race a lot of people asked me how I was managing to fit in enough hours of training. It is a long-held misconception that you need to spend hours and hours on the road ‘getting the miles in’ to race effectively. Specificity can be just as effective as volume. I am a better rider now doing hour-long smash fests on the turbo than I ever was as a student doing 6-hour rides in the fens.