Cycling in Brisbane Australia
I mentioned before, I took up biking again after a considerable break for several personal reasons. One, to improve my fitness, two, to commute to work, three, to look super cool in some sparkling lycra.
My fitness levels were very poor so, after nearly killing myself on my first commute and taking almost an hour to ride 12kms to work, I converted my Trek mountain bike into an electric bike. It's transformed the commute and is a wonderful machine. I love the feeling I get when riding it, especially up hills on long rides.
However it was only intended as an interim device to get my fitness up so I could get back on a proper bike. Two weeks ago that transition happened and my daily commute is now powered only by me.
It's been a really simple transition made simpler due to the showers and changing rooms available at the office. After 2 weeks I'm now really starting to enjoy it. I do arrive sweaty and puffing a bit but the ride to work is (mostly) downhill. Obviously coming home its the opposite but no one sees the sweaty, panting, bedraggled mess that crawls up out of the garage each night when I (eventually) make it home, so its all good.
Last year I did the Brisbane to Gold Coast 100km ride on my proper bike, just to see if I could do it. I didn't break any records, except maybe the one for the slowest ride, but I completed it under my own steam.
This year I've signed up for two long rides, the Brissy to the Bay 100km charity ride in June and the 65Km Brisbane Rail Trail in May. A bit ambitious as my commute is now only 6kms each way but I'm all for giving it a go.
Now, Strava is full of cyclist that post 100kms morning rides they do before work in the mornings, with average speeds of 30kph or more who may read this and wonder at the ridiculousness of this blog. I regularly get whizzed past by several of these advanced and experienced riders when puffing my way up Lutwyche Road incline on my way home like the Little Engine the Could. But what they do is inspire me. If they can ride up this hill at twice my speed then with practice one day I can too. Got to start somewhere.
So I've started.
Lets see where this ride will take me.
My Brissy to the Bay fundraising page is here