INTEGRATE RIDING INTO
OTHER PARTS OF YOUR LIFE
Look for instances when you can hop on your bike,
even if it’s just for a couple minutes around the neighborhood. Even if you can’t get a full ride in, a 10-minute spin
can work wonders.
SOMETHING IS ALWAYS
BETTER THAN NOTHING
Don’t call your ride off because you don’t have time to
do the full loop you normally do the other half of the year.
Instead, come up with something shorter, like an out-and-back. Your body will thank you when spring flowers are
blooming and you’re cooking along the trail while your
buddy tries to find the legs he left back in October.
Don’t get sucked into the Saturday-morning cartoons or
late-night movies. Get up early with the light and get some
time in the saddle on the weekend.
MIX IT UP
If you live in an area where it snows all winter, you most
likely already have another activity or two that you pick up
during the snowy months. For instance, cross-country skiing is a great winter alternative and a way to stay in shape
for riding. As for us, we would have a fat bike in the collection and continue to pedal on top of the white stuff.
FOCUS ON YOUR CORE
Pick a few days a week when your schedule doesn’t
allow a ride and try to get some core exercises done. With
the amount of movement you do on the bike, strengthening your core doesn’t just mean riding faster, it also means
maneuvering the bike over technical sections easier. Planks,
sit-ups and leg-lifts get to the core of your problem.
Accountability is key: Your bike will never give you a hard
time about missing the scheduled group ride you do every
Tuesday night. Your riding buddies, on the other hand, will
most likely not grant you the same courtesy.
Burnout prevention: Unless you are a pro or an aspiring pro
rider, riding hard through the winter is a good way to increase
your chances or wearing yourself out mentally with riding.
Remember that mountain biking is fun, and that’s why we do it.