Ride Better: 5 Tips to Incorporate More Speed and Enjoyment into Your Cycling

1. Find a group – Riding by yourself can be nice, but there’s really nothing like riding with a group for both safety and fitness reasons. It’s a lot easier to change a flat if a friend is helping you; as well as to find extra motivation to go faster up that monster hill.
2. Change up your routes –  Yes, your favorite Sunday route is scenic. Yes, it’s familiar. But after a certain point, riding the same route every weekend can become both boring and less challenging than it was the first time you attempted it. Ask friends for favorite routes, or check outbikemap.net or bikely.com for new routes for your weekly exhibitions.
3. Train indoors – Sometimes, winter weather or your personal training schedule can prevent outside rides. Invest in a personal trainer, like a Cycleops, and keep your biked hooked up in your home, dorm, garage… wherever it may be where you can get in some quality indoor mileage. The most important thing is to get your legs used to the riding movement to prep for race day, and indoor trainers can help with this.

4. Incorporate Bricks – This one seems like a no-brainer. Of course, we should get our legs used to the bike-run transition before race day, right? But it is easy to let prioritizing brick workouts fall to the wayside during a hectic month. If you find yourself going a long period of time without a brick workout, schedule them in advance. Set goals for mileage and time. Mapping out when to fit in these vital workouts can help fit them into your schedule.

5. Log and Analyze – Whether it’s a traditional paper and pen method, an app, a website, or a spreadsheet, logging and tracking your workouts is an integral part of gaining speed and learning from your workouts over the year. Through this recording of workouts, you can look at what routes were tough for you, where you gained speed, how you can improve and more. I like the notebook method, but apps like myFitnessPal and websites like dailymile.com and workoutlog.com work also!

Tri Hard,


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