I had only been back on the bike for three or four weeks at that point, not feeling very fast or strong, yet I decided to make my return to racing with a time trial, just eleven weeks postpartum.
In spite of the fact that I was active all throughout my pregnancy, I realized I was going to have my work cut out for me to get back into the kind of shape I was in last spring.
Pregnancy is definitely something that will slow a female athlete down bit by bit, but it doesn’t mean you have to give up on future goals and aspirations.
On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a bicycle oh yippee
As you enter the second trimester your heart begins to work about forty percent harder and pump more blood than before and so your heartrate will be higher even during moderate efforts.
Every cyclist needs to learn some basic and more advanced skills, but at a certain point once you master those skills making gains becomes more about confidence in yourself on the bike.
This was fantastic news and something that I had wanted to happen, but what did this pregnancy mean for me in regard to my riding and training?
A car had come up behind me and decided that their need to make a left turn trumped mine and that they needed to scare the crap out of me to let me know it.
Now that the days are getting shorter, even those early morning or post work rides may be getting cut shorter and shorter due to dwindling daylight. These are the times where it is great to have some kind of plan for your riding to make the most of the time you do have on the bike.
I quickly began to feel like my heart was pounding out of my chest. Since there was less oxygen at this altitude, each breath I took gave my body much less of the 02 it was looking for.