By Elaina Blanc. Cycling. Published at Tuesday, February 26th, 2019 - 14:46:41 PM.
The first thing you might notice riding bikes in your younger days is that friends won’t necessarily be as excited about the miracle of the bicycle as you. I’m the only one of my friends who rides road bikes, which can make me the butt of A LOT of jokes at the pub. It doesn’t help that my mates ride mountain bikes, making me fair game for a ribbing in their eyes.
For amateurs, when someone says they want to train as best they can, and can ride seven days a week, I always advise them to take two rest days a week. That’s partly to manage them physically, but also mentally. Unless you’re a professional, the weekends and spare time is valuable for your family and lifestyle. It’s easy to over-prioritise cycling when really it is a hobby.
Similarly, if you’re a power based athlete or someone who enjoys time in the gym, Rowe says he’d treat a session pumping iron as similar to a high intensity bike session or a heavy chaingang – so the same amount of recovery applies. A gym day definitely doesn’t count as a day off.
Think about how you intend to use the bike, and how you might want to grow with the bike (for example: maybe you can only ride 20 miles now, but you have a 75-mile charity ride in your sights). Then work with your local bike shop to find the right pick.
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