If you want to get fit, then you may have considered cycling as an option. Many people have a bicycle tucked away at home that may not have been used for a number of years, but this doesn’t mean to say that you can’t start riding it again. This page will help you to get ready to cycle and give you several things to take into account when starting.
Make Sure You Have The Right Kit
Firstly, you need to make sure that you have the right equipment. If you don’t have a bike, then you should purchase one. There is no need to spend a lot of money on this, as even the cheapest models can cope with day to day riding. If you are making use of an old bike, you should ensure that everything is working, otherwise you may cause an accident. In addition to this, it is vital that you own a helmet, as head injuries can be fatal.
Decide Where To Cycle
Once you have the equipment, you need to decide where to cycle. If you live in the countryside then this is perfect, but the majority of people will find that they have to cycle on the roads. It is a good idea to read a book to remind yourself of the rules of the road, as there are slightly different considerations when you are a cyclist. Choosing your route is important. When you first start, you don’t want to be tackling a route with a lot of hills. Try to find a flat circuit, even if this is simply made up from a couple of blocks, where you could practice riding your bike. Once you are sure that you can cope with this, you can gradually change your route to incorporate more challenging areas.
Although you may be tempted to listen to music to motivate yourself, this is not a good idea as it means that you might not be able to hear the traffic. Instead, focus on the sounds around you, as some people find that the sounds of nature, or even the sound of traffic, can motivate them. It is important that you keep track of how far you have travelled, and how long it took you to do so. This is the only way that you can be sure that you’re making progress.
Once you have become comfortable with riding your bike, then you can do things to test yourself, for example longer or more challenging routes; or even entering a race. However you decide to push your new hobby, you can be sure that it will be improving your fitness. You may even decide that you wish to take up a new challenge such as a triathlon. Some of the most successful triathletes of all time have started out as road cyclists.
Successful Track Your Fitness
As your cycling fitness starts to improve and you start ticking off those extra challenges such as longer rides and the occasional triathlon, then you should start tracking your fitness. This way you can see what training your body responds best too and what training you need to be careful of. Sometimes getting to know your own body and fitness is one of the best things that you can do as you will be able to tailor your fitness program to your individual needs and will be able to learn the telltale signs of an injury or overtraining approaching
This article on how to cycle yourself fit was brought to you by Ross, an Ironman triathlete and keen club cyclist. For more cycling, fitness or triathlon tips, check out the beginner triathlon forums at RankMyTri.com