Cycling is not only a great form of exercise, but a great way for women to connect with each other, even during lockdown. We chatted to Mariette Kemp of Team Bestmed for some insight into cycling and advice on how you can get started.
Mariette is a 21-year-old full-time B.Com Strategic Management student at Varsity College. She started cycling at the age of 12 and is one of the youngest Team Bestmed riders. Her first five years as a junior cyclist focused on mountain biking. Based in KwaZulu-Natal, Mariette started racing cross country (XC) and was able to compete at the highest level in South Africa as a junior rider, winning SA’s XC.
Mariette’s father, Francois Kemp, competes in races for Team Bestmed’s veterans and convinced her to switch to road cycling at the beginning of 2019. She found the transition from XC to road easy with the help of her coach, Johann Naude. Team Bestmed sees great potential in Mariette and sees her as an asset to the team with her positive attitude.
I chose cycling as it is a good form of exercise to stay fit, healthy, be social and be closer to nature. It also allows me to challenge myself and challenge my mindset.
I look at quality, price, comfort, and performance.
You need good shoes, a helmet and glasses.
I personally follow a training routine to train right and not overtrain as that is something I tend to do. I also follow a diet of eating more good carbs than protein as it works best for me. However, it will differ from person to person. Never feel bad about a cheat meal as you only live once and train hard anyway.
I make sure that I make time for training, family, studies and myself during the day and the week, equally. I believe there is a time and place for everything, and I balance each factor to benefit myself. I usually make sure my training is done early in the morning so there is enough time for everything else. If I cannot get to training that day, I make sure to adjust my week to get everything done.
The most important thing is that you are doing it for yourself and that you enjoy doing it.
Always make sure you are training with someone, or at least train in a group. There are many cycling groups you can join.
Online racing definitely adds a different dynamic to cycling. It is fun and challenging at the same time. It allows you to see your competitors from a different perspective and it makes it easier to see where you are in terms of fitness compared to them.
Cyclists must consider joining Team Bestmed as it creates friendships and better ways of racing.
Through mutual friendships and connections. Cyclists can also join through personal messages on the Team Bestmed social media pages.
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