From zero to addicted
From the moment I stepped through Njinga's doors, I was made to feel welcome. I wasn't judged for not being in the peak of health and, for the first time ever, I pushed myself to try harder than I ever have before.
And soon, I became addicted. I started off with one or two sessions a week but I found myself missing it if I had to skip a class.
Goal one: losing weight
One of my goals, walking into Njinga, was losing the weight that had crept up on me over the years. Not long after I started dedicating myself to indoor cycling sessions at Njinga, I started to see changes in my body and positive improvements to my overall health and fitness levels.
And my clothes were starting to fit a lot better!
I couldn't help it: I ramped up my efforts to three or four classes a week.
Goal two: riding outdoors in cleats
After my first goal of losing weight, my second goal was to be able to ride outdoors. Joining the Njinga Collective – Njinga's not-for-profit outdoor riding group – and signing up for the Girona trip were good ideas, sure, but there was a crucial element missing: I was severely lacking in confidence. More than that: I was scared to ride outdoors (with others!) and wear cleats.
So I booked two 1-2-1 outdoor coaching sessions. In the first session, we focused on riding in cleats. In the second session, we focused on basic bike handling skills. Both were fantastic! I learned so much and came away feeling much more positive about my capabilities.
Returning from my very first Collective ride, I was buzzing! We rode 46km and I loved every minute of it. It was a real challenge & unlike anything I'd done before.
With the amazing coaches and support from the team at Njinga, I conquered some hugely limiting self-doubts, and that in itself is priceless.My first sportive
Riding with the Collective was such a massive confidence boost that it motivated me to sign up to my first sportive ride, the 50km Tour de Yorkshire. As the day got closer and closer, I got more and more nervous. But, I am delighted to report, I made it! Without stopping and without needing to change a puncture.
The hills were extremely tough, as I knew they would be.
But I kept my head in the game and thinking of all the training I'd done in the Njinga Lab to get me to this moment.This mindset helped me push through and I made it to the top each time.The scenery was amazing and the local support was so encouraging! The finish was an awesome experience. I'm so proud of my very first medal!
I still can't get enough
I've been coming to Njinga for nearly a year now and I still can't get enough.
The whole team is so welcoming; it's fantastic to be part of such a wonderful community – one without judgement, just eagerness to help and see everyone improve, no matter the level they start from. Njinga, you rock! Thank you.