Back in the Saddle Again

Prioritising the blog over training has meant I have gone from Everest Base Camp Fit to Everest Base Camp Unfit. As finding fitness for the first time is part of the journey I am posting this post about my weekend ride. Did I mention I LOVE my bike?

Getting Back into a Fitness Routine

We had a plan. We always do. But then it changed. The basics of the plan is always the starting point and the direction, which translates to whichever car park we start from, up river or down river and the destination. The plan was to start from the suspension bridge and ride to Petty’s Orchard and back. At a certain point we had to get off our bikes and walk because the hill was too steep, having said that I have ridden up it before when I was Base Camp Fit but I am not at the moment. At the top the Trainer announced he was going straight not left, where we were meant to go. In the plan.

The Trainer always does this to me. The revised plan meant an even steeper hill with a terrible rocky surface, actually one of our trek training hills for Base Camp. One where you walk – not ride a bike. He explained he only wanted to go half way and then take an emergency services track down to rejoin the main trail. Ok I sighed. I’ll follow you anywhere, I thought, to a point. I had come grief doing this before. Read the post

We saw some kangaroos hopping along, the main trail and went off the trail to our little hidden cafe in it’s lovely rustic setting hidden on the river in a heritage apple orchard.


The Suspension Bridge at Templestowe on the Main Yarra Trail

Back home after the 12 kilometre ride it felt good despite feeling some muscles that haven’t had a good work out in quite a while. I have let my fitness level slip for a number of reasons and I need to work at getting it back. I think the bikes will be the way we do that for a while.

My bike at Mum's vista seat

Taken the Day Before Mother’s Day

There are more of my Bicycle Posts on the Menu under the Fitness Tab and then click on the new My Bicycle Diary tab.

Some webpages you may find helpful.

Banyule Council Bikes and Walking 

Manningham Council Bike Trails

Bike Paths and Rail Trails

15 thoughts on “Back in the Saddle Again

  1. We love riding our bikes too and they are a great way to get fitness happening. Your trainer sounds like mine – I always seem to be following him somewhere! We do a Saturday morning ride with a group of friends and it’s a great way to ad something extra to my training routine. Your ride sounds good even with the rocky steep hills. All the best to you. It’s a bit harder in winter to get out there but it’s good once the effort has been made I always find.

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  2. I love my bike too but I haven”t been on it for ages. This is such a great area to ride in. 12kms, good on you Louise, that’s a pretty good ride.

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  3. I sure know that feeling of getting fit again after a break – going through it myself now. There is nothing like that feeling of being really fit. Love the cockatoos. Looks like you have some lovely places to ride.

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  4. Hi Alison, Yes we are lucky living so close to the Yarra and have lots of lovely places to ride and walk. The cockatoos love that bridge. Good luck with your getting fit again journey. Louise

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  5. Okay – now I’m confused. You’re getting fit enough to go to the Everest Base Camp by riding your bike? Or is going to the Everest Base Camp a euphemistic term for riding up steep hills in your bid to get fit! Either way – good on yah! 🙂


  6. I went to Base Camp last year. This year I have managed to let myself become unfit so I am trying to find that level of fitness again. I need to fix that post so it makes more sense for new comers. Thanks for the comments.

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  7. First things first – WOW! 🙂
    And then – you probably don’t need to fix anything, Louise – my speed reading turns out to be rush reading at times and so I sometimes miss out key information. Sorry I misunderstood. But still – WOW!!! 😀

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