All laid out: If all of your gear is ready to go when you get home or when
you wake up in the morning, it’ll be much easier to get rolling right away.
The last-minute search for a misplaced helmet can really put the brakes
on a ride.
ADJUST YOUR EATING HABITS
A wonderful benefit of a mountain biking addiction is burning a lot of calories over the course of an
epic ride. This often leads to an equally epic post-ride
meal. Unfortunately, when you’re spending less time
in the saddle, it’s important to adjust your eating
habits accordingly, unless you want to be carrying the
result of that epic meal on your next ride. When your
rides get shorter, make your servings smaller.
PREPARE THE NIGHT BEFORE
The seemingly daunting task of getting all of your stuff together
to ride when you get home from work or school can be enough to
make many riders just write off the evening. If that happens, make
it a point to get your bike and gear prepped and your apparel in
order anyway. Not for tonight, but for tomorrow night. Get in the
habit of staging everything for your next day’s ride so that when
you get home, it’s go time.
HIT THE GROUND RUNNING
Make the leisurely cruise to the trailhead that you enjoy during
the long summer months a hard effort after a very brief warm-up.
The kick in the pants may feel awful at first, but when you recover
at the trailhead with a hard effort already under your belt, the rest
of your ride will feel easier to settle into.
LINK UP WITH A RIDING GROUP
Accountability is a great way to stay on track when nearly
everything else seems to be tempting you to skip that quick ride in
the evening. Set a firm time on certain days when you and your
friends will ride. Knowing that you have a group of buddies to
answer to if you’re a no-show is a great motivator.
The trails stay out past your bedtime: Some of our
best rides in memory have happened under the moon
and the beam from our LEDs.