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Cycling for Cardiac Health

Cycling for Cardiac Health

By Jessica Ward

Fancy taking part in some cardio fitness in the name of cardiac health?

The British Heart Foundation has just added London to Bath to their portfolio of charity bike rides. This is a 113 mile run from Twickenham to Bath’s famous Royal Crescent, via some wonderful countryside and with some interesting hills.

As well as raising money for a fabulous cause, the event is a great reason for lots of people to get themselves fit.

Does it seem a huge distance? With training and determination it is more achievable than you think. While the event is not a race, the target time is a little over nine hours to ensure that no-one is left too far behind.  This includes some brief snack and ‘comfort’ stops.

While this ride is unlikely to be suitable as a first event, it is perfectly possible for ordinary mortals to cycle the distance after some build-up.

So how could you approach this? The British Heart Foundation has collected all the training information needed to get you started. Most of the training focuses on cycling itself.

You should also include in your training program:

  • Cardio training to improve endurance and stamina;
  • Stationary bike sessions (ideal on bad weather days); and
  • Cycling skills. This event is held on roads that are open to other traffic, as road closures make life very difficult for the local residents. While it is a Sunday and so has reduced traffic, entrants still need to be confident ‘sharing the road’.

And the benefits?

  • General fitness;
  • Improved heart health – it isn’t just the muscles that you can see that will become fitter;
  • A big sense of achievement!

This year’s ride is on October 5th, so go along to cheer on the cyclists for a good cause. After that, why not start training?

Who knows, next year you could be the one receiving the cheers!