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April 2017

Getting through the Easter weekend

Take a deep breath - it’s the long weekend! You’ve got four days… four long days with family – and whilst we love family, with all their foibles, we know that holiday periods can also at times be a little testing. The good news is, as a bike rider, you’ve picked up some valuable life lessons along the way – lessons that you can pull out of your pocket and make great use of off the bike.

Here are our top five tips to get you through the long weekend (or any bike ride).

1. Mental training and keep it positive

First things first, get your head in the game. Whether it’s a big family gathering or a big ride, it’s much easier when you arrive with a good attitude.

But it’s not as easy as flicking a switch. Take it from someone who knows: endurance athlete Jesse Carlson says, “…mental preparation is perhaps the most important aspect. You really need to know why you’re doing the event and make an agreement with yourself up front that you’re going to finish. You need to know what you’re going to do to keep yourself moving when everything is screaming, “QUIT!”

Be strong. Be positive. These things will pass – whether that’s a headwind, or a mind-numbingly tedious conversation with great aunt Mildred.

2. Snacks, snacks, snacks

Food is king during any family weekend – for sustenance, yes, but also as a saving grace if the conversation takes a turn for the worse. Encouraging family to eat or just keep snacking can boost everyone’s blood sugar, limit the number of tense conversations and fight off the crankiness. Same applies on the bike – to keep the hangry at bay, choose a food that you enjoy, that’s easy to consume on the go, provides the energy you need, and will fit in your jersey pockets easily. Consider packing bananas, muesli bars, biscuits or energy bars.

3. Plenty of water

Getting through this long weekend may require one or two beverages (…maybe more). And just like a bike ride, water is key to make sure you’ll come out the other end feeling good. For any ride, we recommend packing at least one full bottle of water, even on a cold day. If you are riding more than 50km, it’s recommended you have two water bottles with you.

4. Mobile phone

When you’re stuck behind enemy lines (/at the in-laws) you need a line to the outside world. Same on a bike ride. Ensure your mobile phone is fully charged before you go. You might want to place it in a zip lock sandwich bag to protect it from sweat – or there are a number of neoprene phone pouches available on the market that will perform the same job too.

5. Take a breather

If it all gets too much – whether it’s overexposure to family, or getting tuckered out on a bike ride – there’s no shame in taking a breather. Pull over somewhere with a nice view, take a break and a few deep breaths and you’ll realise that everything is OK with the world, really. Then, you can return to the fray with a bit more spring in your step.

Family time isn’t just reserved for the holidays – Around the Bay is the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with your loved ones and share your love of bike riding! With nine ride options, including the 25km family ride on closed roads, there really is something for everyone.

And if that doesn’t ease the tension, you can’t say we didn’t try.

March 2017

Exclusive pricing for Bicycle Network members

For Around the Bay 2017,  all Bicycle Network members receive a discounted price on your Around the Bay entry. Learn more about the benefits our becoming a member.