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How to learn a new skill with Victoria Pendleton

How to learn a new skill with Victoria Pendleton
June 12, 2017   |    James Gill

‘When I was bike racing, I loved the training more than the racing itself. I like the idea of doing something better than the day before, such as lifting 2.5kg more than previously. That sort of mindset makes you feel good and you can translate it into everyday life. Now, in the equine world, each day is about learning and improving.’

A BIT ABOUT ME

I’ve ridden a bike for as long as I can remember and was fortunate to have a long career on two wheels, including two Olympic golds and nine world titles. I retired after London 2012 and have since switched two wheels for four legs as an aspiring amateur jockey.

JUST SAY ‘YES’

After retiring from professional cycling, I quickly found things to fill the void but it took a
while to work out what day-to-day life should really be like. I initially had no idea how life
off the bike would feel. Since retiring, I’ve adopted a mindset of ‘why not’, hence the horse racing, surfing lessons, launching my own bike range with Halfords and learning to ride a motorcycle. It’s taken multi-tasking to a whole new level.

FIND A ROUTE

When I was racing, I was a stickler for a routine. Now it’s the same with what I’m doing every day, around the horses in particular. It gives me a great sense of purpose and helps get everything done on time. It’s something to get out of bed for – and that is how I felt when I was a professional athlete, training for competitions such as the Olympics and Commonwealth Games.

GET BUSIER

We all have busy lives and there are some manic times, but the best way to multi-task is to grab every opportunity. Right now in my life, I’m trying to do as many things as possible. I’m always looking to add more activities – polo might be next or jumping out of a plane. I’ve also just started surfing and got up on the board first time! In short, 2017 is the year of just doing stuff, and that’ll require some multi-tasking.

THE OUTCOME

‘You only live once and life is short, so be sure to make the most of every opportunity that you have. Build up your confidence in anything you take on.

If you’re comfortable with something, you’re going to embrace it more, rather than be overwhelmed.’

The Pendleton Electric Somerby is available now in Halfords, priced at £750

3 WAYS TO ENJOY THE RIDE

1. IT’S ENJOYABLE
I’m not ashamed to admit I’m a fair-weather cyclist and that’s fine. Getting on a bike is supposed to be fun out in the fresh air. Don’t make it a chore – rather something you look forward to doing.

2. PART OF A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
Even a gentle bike ride can have health benefits. As well as making you active and getting your heart going, it’s great mentally as it can be relaxing being out and embracing your surroundings. It provides space for your mind.

3. TAKE IT EASY
It’s not about thrashing around in training but doing something at your own pace. For me, riding a bike is now just pottering around, getting my bum on the saddle and enjoying it.

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