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Feeling Fit Keeps Me Sane As I Enter A “New World”

The New Year marks new beginnings for many, but for Vix Box - Creative Director at Shift Active Media - 2016 is the year of the “new world” as she awaits the arrival of her baby. We invited Vix to write a guest blog on the challenges she’s faced as she’s shifted from active cyclist to expectant Mum:

“Don’t do that, do this carefully...stop that”

Falling pregnant, I truly believe, is one of the most incredible processes in human physiology. Falling pregnant when you’re an active person who enjoys sport is a challenging chapter in life.

All of a sudden, my selfish existence, came to an abrupt end.

Running isn’t encouraged...yoga with adapted moves...is...swimming is great for you...but what about cycling? For me, this was part of my everyday life, how could I go 9 months without riding? A first world problem, I grant you, but one that was an issue for me.

Thankfully, I didn’t have to worry, there are Wattbikes.

For the first 3 months, I followed the doctor's advice and didn’t ride at all. It was tough but swimming, free weight training and Yoga kept me ticking over. After 12 weeks, I strapped up my bike shoes, strapped up my slightly enlarged chest cavity with a heart rate monitor and clipped back in. It felt great.

My usual program is 18 intervals, similar to a pyramid session: 

8 x 3 mins intervals with 1 min off

4 x 2 mins with 1 min off

4 x 1 min intervals with 1 min off 

2 x 2 min intervals with 1 min off to cool down 

The sense of being out on the road but riding safely indoors has really kept me sane. Working full time for a busy cycling agency, there is no escape from talk of power, badly indexed gears and the latest length of cycling socks. So keeping my fitness ticking over has been really important to me. I am about to be a mother but I am still me.

Having the Wattbike in my spare room, kind of constitutes “working from home” and it definitely acts as a gentle reminder to keep fit. I love that post workout feeling, the Wattbike energises me and gives me back that personal time I enjoyed out on a bike. As a Creative Director, my best ideas hit me while I’m training so if I didn’t have the Wattbike, I would be in trouble, possibly out of a job!

I won’t lie, keeping my heart rate below 140bpm, ignoring the shameful Watts and riding in a slightly awkward knee out position after years of avoiding this, takes some adjustment but I absolutely love it and I’m back in my element.