3 Ways to Cycle Faster
For many cyclists, being able to bike faster is a goal that they continually reach for. Both beginners and pros are always asking themselves, “How can I get faster?” Once a milestone is achieved, another one is made; there is an inherent need to keep gaining new heights, new distances and faster times.
In order to achieve these milestones, training is crucial. There are 3 fundamentals that cyclists can incorporate into their training routine, in order to help them reach every goal they set for themselves. You might think of these as raw fundamentals of a training program.
Motivation and Consistency
Consistency in your training regimen is the number one key to improving your cycling performance. Cycling for one hour a day will give you greater results than cramming all of your training into a 7 hour session one day a week. Consistency creates the progressive training load you need to adapt and get stronger. It’s also much more healthy and easier on your body. When you train on an intermittent basis it can cause detraining between sessions and overload your body to the point where it will not be able to perform short-term recovery.
Finding consistency will also help your motivation. Make your workouts fun, change things up regularly and work on setting each goal you set for yourself. Skipping workouts are the result of becoming bored with your routine.
If you find that time is tight during the week, try to get 3 shorter, intense workouts into your schedule. If you can’t get outside, use a trainer; just make sure you get some sort of workout in. Once the weekend arrives, you can go for longer rides, and work on your endurance training.
Planning and Purpose
If you hop on your bike in the morning not knowing what training you’re going to do that day, you are limiting your potential to progress to the next level. But if you invest in a coach or training plan to create a workout structure, you will be adding some value every time you get on your bike and train. Think about your purpose every day. What is it that you want to achieve? Is your training structured enough to reach your goal each day? Are you working towards both speed and fitness, or are you just wasting time without any progress? This is known as a fitness plateau, and will never advance you to the level that you want to be at. Continue reading “Learn How To Cycle Faster”
If you’re looking for innovative and fun ways to get in shape, consider taking up bike riding. Not only is it inexpensive, it can be done virtually anywhere, (outdoors) and doesn’t cost a fortune. There’s never been a better time to start riding a bike. It’s become more socially acceptable to bike to work instead of drive; and with communities looking for ways to encourage people to get out of their cars, have started implementing more bike-friendly roads, paths and trails. Here are 7 reasons to start riding your bike, so you can leave your car in the garage.
It’s easier on your legs, knees, ankles and feet than running: Biking gets your heart pumping and your legs moving without the stress on your joints that running can give you. Running can eventually take its toll on the body; biking, on the other hand, is an activity that has a much lower impact on the legs, knees and feet. Even rough terrain will be easier on your joints than the high impact of running.
It’s Cheaper than driving: Even if you invest in a top of the line bike, buy the most expensive accessories and choose the best quality helmet, you will still spend less money than driving a car. When you factor in gas prices, parking, insurance, maintenance and other miscellaneous costs, biking is a much cheaper option. Consider the stress of sitting in traffic on your morning commute, and you have a great reason to swap your 4-wheel ride for a 2-wheel. And you can’t get in shape sitting behind a steering wheel!
It can reduce stress: For years, scientific research has been telling us that exercise can beat stress. Bike riding is a great form of exercise, and can help keep you calm and active at the same time. It’s also worth noting that bike commuters have reported lower levels of stress than their car driving and mass transit using counterparts. Far more cyclist commuters report enjoying their daily commute, as opposed to people who drive or use transit, who dread the thought of sitting in traffic.
You’ll be reducing your carbon footprint: No one has ever complained about bikes being bad for the environment. A recent study showed that almost half of Americans live less than 5 miles away from where they work. That’s only a 20 minute bike ride, one way. Communities are catching up to the demand of cyclists, and adding bike lanes to the roads; generally they are making the roads more bike-friendly. Continue reading “Why You Should Start Bike Riding: Reasons”