I went on a 98 kms cycle ride today and it was truly an awesome experience. This is my second long ride and was after 4 years. But, there are more to come soon because my interest, intent and fitness has improved and is the best till date in my life.
Preparation and Training
Since January 2017, I have been training really hard to improve my fitness, endurance and of course lose weight in the process. My daily breakfast is quite the same every day for the last four and a half months. My exercise pattern has been quite the same too. I have not put too much pressure on myself and have taken it very slow despite a trainer being at the gym, since I alone know my body and capabilities. I have been training my mind well too. In fact, I have been experimenting a lot on myself be it food, exercise, sleeping patterns et cetera. It is great to experiment and not go by what is already there for us to follow. Why follow a regime and expect results out of it?
After four and a half months, I decided to ride to Kolar from Bengaluru. I waited patiently to increase my fitness and endurance. On some days, I would tell myself “let’s do 30 kms today but only end up doing 20 kms. On other days, I would tell myself “lets do 10 kms, but would end up doing 30 kms. At the end of the day, it is all in the mind but your body must react too. So, I trained myself really hard for that.
Since I decided to cycle to Kolar, I wanted to also experiment if I could take a shoulder bag with food and water in it. In the past, many people have advised me to take only water and nothing else for the journey. Why follow what they say?
- 2 tomato
- 3 onions
- chopped coriander leaves
- 3 green chillies
- chopped mint leaves
- chopped ginger
- chopped garlic cloves
- salt to taste
- 1 cup yoghurt
How to make
- Take a grinder and add 2 chopped onions, chopped coriander leaves, chopped mint leaves, chopped ginger, chopped garlic, 3 green chillies, 1 cup yoghurt and salt to taste. Blend it and once done take this mixture and put in a bit and refrigerate it. Voila, your chutney is ready for the sandwich.
Take this chutney and spread it in bread evenly and add tomatoes and onions to it. Even sliced cucumber and sliced boiled potato could be added. This what is sold in many parts of India. There are many variations to this sandwich too.
The Journey to Kolar from Bengaluru
I started at 6:30am and without a single stop, I cycled all the way and reached Kolar by 9:10am. Thanks to the music playlist that kept me going.
Eating in Kolar
I stopped by at a bakery upon reaching Kolar. I took a 20 minute break and ate what I packed besides ordering and drinking Tea.
An increasing taste and love for tea was acquired during my recent trip to Rajasthan and Gujarat. So I ordered for the first tea and it was so nice that I ordered for a second one. I ate those digestive biscuits that I packed, with the second tea. If you notice, on the above tea picture, there are two guys watching me take a photo. These 2 blokes were staring at me during the entire 20 minute stopover at the bakery.
Return to home
At 9:30am, I started cycling to return to my house which is 10 kms from Hoskote. The last time I went on a 100+ kms cycle ride, I struggled and took many breaks. This time, I stopped only once and to buy more water. I told you, my mind was well trained and that my fitness and endurance has drastically improved too. I reached home at 1:00pm which was exactly three and a half hours from Kolar. It took an hour longer on my return because I was riding against the wind and I found it bit hard to ride faster. It was challenging. At some places, I was tempted to stop but I kept telling myself no way I was going to have a break and must continue the journey whatsoever. Upon my return, I was absolutely knackered for a few minutes and my thighs were paining, it was not excruciating but definitely hurting. But, no pain no gain innit?
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving – Albert Einstein”
Treating myself for the successful cycle ride
A happy smile! Chicken Sandwich, Egg Whites and a special drink.
- Melted chocolate (dark chocolate and cream)
- Ice cubes
- Instant Coffee Powder
- Dash of Brandy (optional – and you could use any other alcohol of your choice)
- Fresh Cream
How to make
Blend all the ingredients and serve it immediately
Cycling Stats | Bengaluru to Kolar and back
Selfie at the end of the cycle ride
Feel free to share your cycling stories and/or cycling tips.