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Thighs of the Climber

Thanks to my new job in central Cambridge, I am currently cycling 11km to work and back 3 days a week. Although the Cambridgeshire landscape isn’t what I’d describe as dramatically undulating, my leg muscles are taking a while to adjust to this sudden increase in workload. My choice to focus predominantly on upper body strength is coming back to bite me in the exhausted buttocks and I’m being aggressively reminded how much I hate cardio.


I’m a boulderer. I like pulling hard with my arms for approximately 20 seconds. Not steadily pedaling with my puny legs for roughly 35 minutes.


My recent experience back in the slightly uncomfortable saddle has inspired this week’s blog post, which falls into the experimental category I warned you about a couple of weeks ago. I present to you my re-working of the classic Survivor masterpiece, Eye of the Tiger.


Thighs of the Climber


Riding up, back on the street. It’s the time, wearing high viz. Quite the distance, quite a physical feat. Just a gal and her will to survive.


So many times she’s pedaling fast, Ploughing into a headwind. Weather’s against her, legs aren’t gonna last. She must fight just to keep them alive.

Amber does not approve of my cycling or my rhyming

It’s the thighs of the climber. It’s the pain in the quads. Rising up to the challenge of this cycle. And the last known bike rider Offers prayers to the gods. Lactic acid is high in the thighs of the climber. Keeping pace, along the highway. Road is rough, feeling bumpy. She feels regret about skipping leg day For the last twenty years of her life. It’s the thighs of the climber. It’s the pain in the quads. Rising up to the challenge of this cycle. And the last known bike rider Offers prayers to the gods. Lactic acid is high in the thighs of the climber.


Pressing on, straight to the top. Hamstrings hurt, calves are burning. So much distance, it’s not time to stop. There are still many miles left to ride.


It’s the thighs of the climber. It’s the pain in the quads. Rising up to the challenge of this cycle. And the last known bike rider Offers prayers to the gods. Lactic acid is high in the thighs of the climber.


The thighs of the climber. The thighs of the climber. The thighs of the climber. The thighs of the climber.

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