We all want to be better at something. If that something is spelunking, then we probably won’t be a lot of help. However, if you want to become a better cyclist, then read on for tips and tactics for becoming better, faster, stronger.
- Get Started – The longer you put it off, the longer it’s going to take to get better. The trick is to get motivated and get going. Don’t think, just ride. Ride every day. Ride longer. Ride harder. Make a conscious effort to get on the bike and start pedaling.
- Use Time Wisely – Not everyone has a half-day to spend riding, but if you do, we suggest a long ride at a normal pace to promote overall cycling fitness. For those that only have a half hour, quality over quantity. Try to push yourself hard and set a personal record.
- Prepare Mentally – It’s important that you don’t overthink things to the point that you don’t even start, but it is equally important that you prepare yourself mentally for going on a ride. Plan your route, but don’t think about how long it’s going to take. Instead, set goals, such as reaching a landmark you wouldn’t be able to get to on a shorter ride.
- Refuel Properly – Dehydration and hunger can decrease a rider’s output by 10 percent. Try to drink a bottle of water for every hour of riding. Also, make sure to eat properly prior to and even during a long ride. Try to eat little things often rather than a few big meals. Not only is that a good way to lose weight, but it keeps you fueled and ready to go all day.
- Recover Correctly – Off-days are arguably just as important as training days. Alternate hard training days with rest days involving massages, compression clothing, and staying off your feet. It sounds like heaven, and it is, especially for your muscles that need to recover from yesterday and get fresh for tomorrow.
Stay safe when riding on roads, and always allow at least five minutes directly after a hard ride to cool down. Becoming a better rider takes a lot time and effort. Staying motivated is the hardest part.
Frederick M. Dudek is an avid cyclist himself, and works hard to provide the best legal representation and advice for riders involved in bicycle accidents in San Diego and the surrounding area.