Riding a bike is becoming more and more popular across the country. The introduction of the mountain bike has greatly enhanced that popularity, but road bikes, which have been around for a long time, are also a hot item.
Whichever way you go, it’s a great way to improve your fitness level. Riding a bike will help to strengthen your legs, improve your cardiovascular fitness, and, for those who are concerned, help burn fat. In addition you get the benefit of training outdoors, which for a lot of people is a very desirable element.
Another benefit of taking up this sport for those who are interested is the fact that you can plan a great vacation around a bike trip. If you like going to beautiful places and training outdoors when you get there, then you should consider this sport.
There are lots of places in the U.S. you can visit that provide exceptional rides ranging from mountain rides, canyon land rides, to desert excursions.
If you like to travel abroad there are some exceptional trips you can plan around biking, especially in Italy and France. Check with your travel agent if this appeals to you.
Cycling Training Tips
You can enhance your performance on the bike by considering the following:
Lifting weights can help you in a variety of ways. For one thing it can help your overall leg strength and power. This can lead to improved speed. It will also aid you if you are riding terrain that involves inclines (such as hills or mountains). Improved upper body strength can help protect your lower back, and improve your upper body stamina. This is especially important for people who participate in lengthy rides, as the upper body can become fatigued as the ride wears on.
Most riding involves long distances. In strength/power sports you condition by performing the majority of your aerobic work as far away from the season as possible and move toward interval and sprint work as the season draws nearer. This is done in order to train the fast twitch muscle fibers (which are used more in these sports), and to train the metabolic system that is going to be used in that sport. This is the principle of specificity — training in a way that is specific to that sport. In the case of most cycling, you would apply this scenario in reverse. As far away from the season, or trip, or particular event as possible you would engage in strength/power sets and reps when lifting, and you would condition with sprints and interval work. This would then move to more endurance training and aerobic conditioning as you draw nearer to the season.
Always practice good nutritional habits. This will help you to recover better from one training session to the next. It will also enhance your performance. Remember to stay hydrated when you train, compete, or just participate.
Know bike safety and wear the proper gear. No sport is fun when you are seriously injured. Anyone who is serious should invest in the best equipment they can afford. It makes a difference.