Nicole Tur, 41, is a keen cyclist. She blogs at Only Girl in the Club, is an ambassador for cycling brand, Rapha and is taking part in the Deloitte Ride Across Britain 2016.
Why do you love cycling?
I love the freedom cycling provides. It’s in those quiet moments that I can piece together what’s happening in my life or I’m just free to escape from it. Those moments of solitude outside are so cleansing, it’s like a form of meditation. But I also enjoy the social aspect of cycling.
How do you keep motivated?
Four weeks after my baby was born, in 2012, I set myself the goal of losing the three stone I’d gained and completing the first Prudential Ride London 100. I hoped I’d do it in eight hours, but on the day I crossed the finish line in five hours and 27 minutes and my 11 month old baby was waving at me.
The training was agony. 10 miles felt like 100, a small bump in the road felt like a mountain. Hills that I fly up now, I had to walk up. One day I caused some traffic congestion when a dustbin lorry got stuck behind me going up a hill. As the cars finally passed me they beeped their horns so aggressively that I started to cry. I wanted to throw my bike away, phone a taxi and give it all up but I managed to keep going and find the strength to make it to my goal.
Those moments have really changed my perspective and help to keep me motivated. They’ve given me so much strength and the ability to see how far you can come if you allow yourself to push that little bit further.
What’s your training routine?
In the winter I try and ride at least 100 miles a week. I’ll start adding specific training sessions like intervals, hill reps and starts and increasing the mileage. I’ve signed up to the Chiltern 100 sportive in May and I’m also going the Peak District and Cotswolds which are good for hill training.
What are you expectations of Deloitte RAB?
I’m expecting the Ride to be a tough but rewarding challenge that I’ll never forget. I’ve heard the camaraderie, the food and the support team is amazing. Apparently the first day in Cornwall is really hilly so it’s a hard start, but Glen Coe is one of my favourite places in the world so I’m really excited that we cycle through there.
I’m praying for good weather too – more for the sleeping arrangements in a small tent for nine nights.
You can follow Nicole’s journey at onlygirlintheclub.com