I have consistently trained with Kirsten once a week since the beginning of April.  Apart from being sore and stiff for a few days after a proper session, I could feel a massive difference while training on my road bike – the important muscles that requires activation for cycling were firing properly and consequently my style of riding improved immediately, without me even thinking about it.  I felt more resilient and powerful on the bike. 

After 4 weeks of strength training, I competed in the Aquelle Tour Durban and got my first podium finish in the elite ladies category.  The following weekend I achieved another top 5 result in the cycle100 classic – both races ended in a sprint finish, something in which I generally did not perform well in the past.  I am starting to gain real confidence and power in my sprinting and endurance levels. 

 

Spending more time in the gym has immensely helped me to improve my posture on and off the bike. I have noticed a big change in my posture on the bike, having a stronger core and body has made big differences in my racing, especially towards the end of races where you tend to get tired and you start making mistakes due to a weak core. Strength and conditioning is just as crucial as training on the bike and is personally for me a super fun part of my training.

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