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8 Cycling Tips to Train for Your Best Summer Ever
By Roger Bird,
If you’re not at peak cycling fitness by now and still have big events coming up, it's not too late! Here are my top tips to get back on track fast and exceed your expectations.
1. Mental Training
"I was excited about the course and had even said it out loud to several competitors before the start. It was a single loop course that I estimated would take about 2.5 hours to complete. I was off to a flying start and traded the lead with one other guy for the first hour. By the half-way mark, I had pulled away, free and clear of second place. All I had to do is maintain my pace and I'd finish on top of the box. The back end of my bike started to feel soft and soon I realized the tire was going flat! I stopped to change the tube and 5 or 6 guys passed me with a grin on their faces and added excitement that maybe today would be their day. I knew if I kept my cool, I could still win. I changed the flat and got back on within a few minutes. I set my sights on getting up front. I passed them one by one and was able to use the tragedy of a flat tire to breathe a little more, eat and drink a bit, and try to chill. I didn’t freak out. I believed in myself and in the end, I was able to go off the front again and finish first. My mind won me the race that day."
2. One Main Focus
3. Have a Documented Plan and Keep a Training Diary
I’ve kept a training log for over 25 years and it’s been worth its weight in gold to go back and see what worked and why. Training Peaks offers free training logs and there are opportunities (for an additional fee) to tie into your electronic training devices and coaches plans:
4. Hard Days and Rest Days
5. High Performance Fuel for a High Performance Engine
6. Train with Facts (and a little bit of feelings)
7. Be Mindful of Your Body
8. Don't Experiment on Race Day
Use these top tips for success on the bike and you can always email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
I don't know if I'd consider this a blog, so much much as an insight to how our business works. Earlier this week we had a local rep stop in to show us some of the "latest and greatest". As you might imagine we get this sort of thing every so often in this business, sometimes it's something great and sometimes not-so-much. This time it was something pretty cool; this gentleman represented GoCycle, the latest in electric bicycle technology. Now before you get all huffy about how "eBikes aren't real bikes" and all that - I agree. But I'll give this one props for being really (really) well designed. It's no fluke on the design either, as it was created and designed by former McLaren F1 engineer Richard Thorpe. Apparently Mr Thorpe is a cycling fanatic, and it shows in the execution of this bike. The GoCycle wasn't meant to be someone's only bike, it was designed to be a more convenient form of transportation for Urban dwellers, a way to get outdoors for someone's second home, or even to keep aboard a yacht for when you reach shore. The key to this design is it's light-weight (at only 35lbs, it's really light for an eBike) and foldable. It even synchs to your iPhone, so you can adjust the power settings and other details.
With a starting price of $4,999.99, we haven't signed up as an official dealer yet. But if this is something you'd be interested in let us know and we can order one up for you.