Out with the old – in with the new. That’s pretty much the motto of the New Year. Many cyclists, both competitive and recreational, commit to New Year cycling resolutions; but, it’s right about now, late January, when those resolutions begin to fade. Whether is is general fatigue, lack of time, seasonal illness or just plain boredom, many find the resolutions of the New Year in the rear view mirror. Is there a way to make resolution stick? At Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop, we think so! Following are the 4 components to making your resolutions stick.
#1 ENJOYABLE: Plain and simple. If you enjoy what you are doing, you’ll do more of it. So, make winter riding more fun. Get the right clothing, winterize your bike, and get going! Check out the post, 21 Ways to Have More Fun on Your Bike, for more fun ideas including singing, testing new bike parts, experimenting with new cycling apps, and opt for new cycling accessories.
#2 CONSISTENT: Consistency in training helps you physical body prepare for the physical stresses of the upcoming season. According to the post, Nine Golden Rules for Training, consistency is key. That means consistently training but also, consistently racing builds fitness too. Consistency in racing builds all kinds of fitness: mental, physical, and psychological fitness. The post, 4 Habits to Increase Your Consistency, offers more suggestions on increasing consistency, such as, being purposeful, following your plan as best as possible, and getting in shorter rides when you have less time to train.
#3 CONVENIENT: The winter months make riding outdoors less desirable. So, riding outside may not be the most convenient option. Instead, schedule your workouts inside on the trainer. Before you groan, read our posts Don’t Be a Hater! Overcoming Trainer Woes for great suggestions on making trainer workouts work for you. Additionally, shared in the post, 3 Indoor Cycling Workouts Under 1 Hour, are effective workouts to pair technology with your over/ under intervals, power intervals, and speed intervals. Without the distractions of outdoor scenery, using these tools aids in motivation by setting time goals or power goals to engage your brain. Another motivation technique includes using the technology tools as valuable feedback for precise and strategic cycling in specific zones which adds to up to greater gains later in your cycling season.
#4 REWARD: There is true satisfaction to be gained by following your fitness routine. Whether that is increased fitness, a sense of well being, or making progress towards your 2017 cycling goals. But rewarding yourself can take on other pleasures as well. Consider purchasing new bike parts or new cycling apparel as a reward for your hard efforts. Treating yourself to these pleasures invites more motivation to stick with your training plan through the cold, winter months.
It’s easy to keep your resolutions when you focus on having fun. When you love what you are doing, you’ll keep doing it. Here’s to your best year yet!