Edward on cycling

Staying fit and healthy is very important to Edward. That’s why he’s still out on the road with his bike once a week at the age of 61. Wondering, what all this has to do with meditation and sex? Read on and find out. Interview by Christina Nettek

What does your training routine look like?

I try to get out for one or two rounds with my racing bike per week.

How did you get into cycling and your specific routine?

That’s quite a story: One day, at the end of the summer 2008 … it was a hot Saturday … my wife and I went to my favourite bike shop in Klagenfurt to buy a new water bottle for my mountain bike. While I was chatting away with my friends, my wife took a look around the shop … and came back with a fancy racing bike made of carbon. She insisted on going for a test ride. So we rode from Klagenfurt to Faak am See and back, which are about 80 kilometres. My wife stepped into the pedals of her carbon machine, while I tried to keep up the pace with my mountain bike. On the last climb before the Faakersee, I was convinced – I had to have a bike like this! Consequently, we got one for each of us.

The following weekend we cycled nearly 300 kilometres around the South of Austria. This marks the start of my passion for cycling.

For how long have you been doing sports and how regularly are you doing sports?

I’ve been into sport for over 50 years now – when I look back, I’m pretty sure that I’ve constantly worked out two to three times a week. It all started with skiing at school, which I practiced quite competitively, later on I tried all sorts of sports – from sailing to squash, tennis to mountain biking and now cycling.

Why are you doing sports?

I simply love the movement and I’m a huge fan of technical sports equipment. Moreover, I believe that fitness, health and fun are essential to a balanced lifestyle. Plus, I want to stay in good shape 😉

How do you stay motivated to keep going with your training and not give up?

I truly miss sport, when I don’t have time for it. I need the physical movement … to tell you the truth, as long as you sit on the bike, you don’t need sex. 😉

… to tell you the truth, as long as you sit on the bike, you don’t need sex. 😉

Thoughts before, during and after a training?

Before: I feel a thrill of anticipation.

During: I’m questioning myself “Why on earth am I doing this?” But I also enjoy the positive effects: such as leaving the stress of daily life behind. First it’s a bit like meditating on the go, where I also try to listen to my body … but in the end I give it all and I power through the ride.

After: I’m always happy that I decided to do my training.

How does sport influence your daily life?

Oh, it’s very important as I’m now 61 years old and my goal is to stay fit. I always take the stairs instead of the elevator, and I’m happy to say that I don’t get out of breath. That’s a good indicator for my fitness-level, which not only makes me feel amazing, but very proud too.

Would you say you are competitive: when it comes to sport? In general?

Not at all, neither in sports, nor in my personal life. I just don’t feel the need to compete permanently with others.

Is there anything positive or negative you would like to share?

I love the speed and the movement when cycling. It’s mesmerizing to ride on lonely streets through the countryside – it’s my kind of meditation. However, it’s very unpleasant when the asphalt finishes all of a sudden or a passing car touches your handlebars.

It’s mesmerizing to ride on lonely streets through the countryside – it’s my kind of meditation.

What was your most memorable moment?

I would say the tour over the Großglockner, which is the highest mountain of Austria.

If you weren’t into sports what would you be doing instead?

Not being into sport – that’s just not an option.

In five key words: What are the best things about your training you want to share with the readers?

Fitness, adventure, cycling techniques, landscape and backwind.

Your favourite motivational quote?

Live now – right within this moment.

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