Mum's the word: from big Miles to baby Myles.
14 watt increase in just 4 months from 188 watts to 202 watts.
3.64w/kg - 9th highest female score in the Lab.
Finished as the 3rd fastest amateur female. (Cape Rouleur is a four-day stage race.)
Improved 100-mile time by over 30m from 5h15 minutes to 4h4m.
I've always been sports-mad and enjoyed playing a few school sports (hockey, tennis, netball, and athletics) at national level. But once I moved to London and work took over, the team sports fell by the wayside. I cycled an old mountain bike to work to avoid the tube and did a few triathlons but it wasn’t until I met this fabulous new boyfriend (now husband), Scott, a super cyclist, that I had to get real.
Catching the cycling bug
I followed Scott to the Alps to watch him in an amateur multi-stage race and ended up cycling up my first cols, too. I couldn’t believe you could cycle up hill for 2 hours and still be climbing! And who knew so much climbing would result in me catching the cycling bug? I was good and bitten.
Ruth cycling with fellow Njinga riders at the Giro d' Sardegna.
Ruth quickly got the cycling bug thanks to her husband Scott.
Ruth competing in a triathlon.
Ruth competing in the 6 day stage race: Giro d' Sardegna.
Ruth qualified for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships.
Ruth became an Njinga Ride Captain.
Ruth completed 2 ways up the iconic Tour de France climb Mont ventoux in 24 hours.
Ruth completing a longer weekend ride out to Windor.
It's just as well that the boyfriend turned husband because I fell pregnant and husband was about to turn daddy! The idea of not being able to ride for awhile was a challenge but, luckily for me, Togo was on hand to help me swap the road for the safety of indoor cycling.
He worked with me to taper my training to 'safe pregnancy tick-over' to help me maintain a level of all-important pregnancy fitness and muscle memory.
Post-baby training: I'm back!
Six weeks after having our baby boy, the doctor signed me off and I was able to get back on the wattbike and start the road back to recovery and fitness, all supported by the fabulous team at Njinga. Hopefully, I'll be back to Ride Captain soon enough and maybe back to the Worlds one day – perhaps with Myles in tow!