HAVE GO-TO ROUTES
Pick out regular go-to routes that you know you can
knock out in under an hour, 45 minutes, half an hour, etc.
Aside from not having your equipment prepared, another
reason not to ride is not knowing where to ride with the
time that you have available. Knowing where you can ride
in the limited time that you have will remove one more
excuse from your list.
SHORT, HARD EFFORTS
Nothing can completely replace a long weekend ride, but
tuning your top end will have you better prepared to deal
with the stresses of a long endurance ride when time and
weather permit. Try picking regular spots along the trail to
sprint to or certain climbs to hit hard. Try attacking for a
minute and resting for two. A couple sets of those thrown
into an hour spin will work wonders.
Race pace: Races are often won and lost because of a short
but well-timed attack. Prepare for the moments when holding
on for an extra 10 seconds can mean all the difference.
SET GOALS EARLY ON
Setting goals for the spring and summer months can be a
great motivator, even when those months are far away. If
you’re planning to race or to enter an endurance event, mark
those events on your calendar. Seeing an actual date on the
calendar may be all you need to remind you of your goals. ;
What are you working for? Whether it is to be generally healthier or win a race in the spring, setting goals makes hard efforts on
the bike just a bit easier to swallow.
Never far from home: Look for trails with multiple access points
that can easily allow for adjustments.
INVEST IN SOME PROPER GEAR
Similar to a lighting setup, a lack of cold-weather gear
can keep you from getting out on the bike during the winter
months. There is no better way to kill motivation for the next
ride than to suffer without the proper gear in the cold the
MOTIVATE WITH ONLINE TRACKING
Strava and similar ride-tracking apps deliver the motivation
of knowing you are on the clock. If you aren’t into battling
for best segment times, there may still be some usefulness
in tracking your rides by concentrating solely on completed
rides per week and per month. While not all of our weeks
are packed with as much riding as we may like, a good mental game for us is to make sure we have a certain number of
rides per week, regardless of time or distance. It’s simply a
matter of getting out on the bike and spinning the legs by any