Ugh. How do just a few days over the holidays end up making us feel sluggish on the bike? Could it be all the sweets and baked goods that seemed overly abundant around the house this year? Could it be the second helpings of holiday meals? Or maybe it’s the colder weather? In truth, it’s probably a combination of all of the above.
But sometimes, the best motivation to get out there and train even more, is that feeling of slipping just slightly. Inspiration to look at a training plan, figure out the upcoming year and start marking down specific workouts on the calendar, stems from overcoming that sluggish feeling.
There’s always a desire to be a bit fitter on the bike than the previous year. We all know it: the better you feel while riding, the more fun the riding can be. But when there is the absence of races, centuries or specific goals to strive for, the vague idea of being “fitter” is sometimes difficult to achieve. That’s probably why many coaches talk about having specific goals in mind when training. It keeps us fresh and focused when going out for a ride. It gives us a purpose for all of the training. Sure we ride for fun, but isn’t it fun to be able to ride hard and fast without suffering (at least too much)?
So with this in mind, let’s take a look at what cycling events are in store for 2011…. right after some holiday leftovers.
- Guest Question: “Do I have to be a really serious cyclist to go on one of your bike tours?” (insitutravel.com)
- Happy “Beaujolais Nouveau Day!” (insitutravel.com)
- Cycling and Coffee: the perfect pair (insitutravel.com)