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Get ready for your ride!
We know the right training is key to smashing your goals on the bike. We’re stoked to have Kate Perry from FTP Training help develop our training plans to do just that – whether you’re just starting out on the bike or are looking to up your cycling game. Here’s a taste from 2021 so you know what to expect.
Kate’s top 5 tips for keeping bike fit during iso…
In the current environment, it’s more important then ever to look after your physical and mental health. Even with physical distancing restrictions in place, there are still plenty of ways that you can keep happy and healthy both on and off the bike.
1. Try to keep a routine
Where possible, if you are still able to go outside for a ride (either solo or with one other friend) then you should! A little pedal outdoors helps you get that dose of vitamin D, breaks up the screen time and gives you a social fix. It doesn’t have to be an overly long or taxing ride – just try to keep the legs ticking over.
2. Enter the world of online bike riding
If you have a smart trainer, jumping on Zwift for group ride, race or even picking a workout is great if you are short on time, juggling home schooling and work commitments, or even just want a chance to sweat it out in the comfort of your own home.
3. It is okay to not be okay
Don’t be too hard on yourself, some days you might just not feel like riding, and that is okay. Isolation presents us with a feeling of underlying stress due to the big shake up and adjustment in our lives. You don’t have to be a hero and be punching out massive rides or crazy intense sessions, if you need a day off to rest then take it 😊.
4. Home workouts are a thing
There are plenty of online home workouts to take advantage of—yoga, pilates, core work—so if you feel like you need a bit of a switch up then these are a good way to get some alternate exercise in and still work on bike form. Core stability and working on any imbalances will help you when it is time to jump back on the bike, particularly for those longer days when the aches and pains tend to creep in during the back half of your ride.
5. Remember to have fun
Exercise should be fun, and not a chore. With all the other stressors placed on our bodies at the moment, try not to let the exercise add to that, but rather use it as an outlet. Chuck on a podcast, Netflix if you’re indoors and just zone out from the madness and enjoy the feeling of moving!
Ride with us
We schedule a range of training rides in the lead up to October that cater to bike riders of all levels.
Whether it’s your first time riding in a bunch or you need to dust off the cobwebs after a few months off the bike, there’s plenty of opportunities to get you ready for the big day with a group of like-minded riders.
Join the Bicycle Network strava club to be the first to hear when new rides are announced.
Blog – get ready to ride!
It’s important for children to develop an active lifestyle and healthy habits. An outing on the bike is the perfect way to get a taste of fun and exercise with the whole family.
Don’t stop there! – here are more helpful tips and resources
Join the club
Bicycle Network’s Strava club has a whole host of like-minded athletes and regular training rides. Join the club and stay tuned for local training rides in the lead up to events near you.Go to strava