August 31, 2016 Paula Benson

Staff Blog – Investing in yourself!

At Income Solutions, we as staff are taught to invest in ourselves – and for me, that investment came in the form of my physical health with cycling.

Two years ago I started occasionally bike riding with friends around the Bellarine area and to my surprise enjoyed it, so bought myself a basic bike and equipment and took up cycling as a serious (and expensive!) hobby.

I get asked sometimes how I stay motivated for cycling – long rides, sore bum, weather conditions. The truth is, once you’ve invested so much of your money and time into something, you’re automatically a bit more incentivized to continue. Then, as you become fitter and a more skilled cyclist, the desire to push yourself to new limits becomes more prevalent.

Currently, the furthest I have ridden is in the Great Ocean and Otway Classic Ride which was 145km’s. The race started off at 7am and I was able to cross the line at 12:45pm.

I’ve taken a bit of time off these last few months as it’s the off season and only been riding about twice a week, but with Summer not too far away I’ll be getting back into training soon of riding five times a week, with a combination of before work rides and longer trips on a weekend as well as throwing in some running. Two events that I’m particularly looking forward to this season are the Around the Bay in a Day – where I’ll trek 250km’s starting in Alexandra Gardens (Melbourne) out to Queenscliff, catching the ferry across to Sorrento and then riding along the coast back to the city, finishing up at Alexandra Gardens. The other event that I am looking forward to is Amy’s Gran Fondo – an event for the late Amy Gillet who tragically passed away in Germany, 2005 when she was representing Australia with a group of riders and a vehicle crashed into their squad during a training exercise. Not only does this ride raise awareness around the importance of the 1.5m rule – but the Otways (although one of the most challenging in Victoria) is rewarding because of the views you’re surrounded by along the way.

One of the reason’s why I love cycling so much, is that anyone with a bike and a pair of runners can participate – people of all ages, abilities and fitness levels can ride a route and at a pace that best suit’s them, while still getting all the benefits of physical fitness and taking in the sceneries.

I highly encourage anyone who has thought of taking up cycling to give it a go, it’s a great way to see new part’s of Victoria!

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