For many, cycling isn’t just a sport, it’s a way of life, and whether you’re preparing for a race or just the long Saturday morning cycle, getting race-ready can be a tedious process.
Here at everydayhero we have put together a ‘comprehensive’ list of must-do’s to get race ready.
Before you start:
1. Build up your training routine
Whether it’s going for a long-distance ride on the weekend, or hopping on the bike at the gym, distance is the key.
We all know it’s all about going the distance, in life and otherwise, so clip in and get training today!
2. Caffeine is key
Not many of us can go without our morning brew, and you will not want to miss out in the lead up to the start. Especially with those early morning starts. ”
3. Stop the cramps!
You start cramping, and rush to the store to buy as much Magnesium as you can find to fend off the pains you know will only get worse, only to find out you can only buy it from one health store over the other side of town.
4. Carbs, carbs and more carbs.
Never has there been a better excuse than a big race to make eating carbs for breakfast, lunch and dinner, acceptable. It’s one of the rare chances you get to binge guilt-free, so do it!
Avoid the wine
It’s the night before the big day, and while you promised yourself you wouldn’t have a sneaky glass of wine, you do so anyway, just to calm your nerves.
Pray it doesn’t rain
It’s hard enough as it is, let alone when it rains. No one wants to end up carrying the bike because the wheels will no longer turn in the mud.
Get your lycra on!
Sure, it might make even David Beckham look average, but bringing out your inner ‘Mamil’ is the only way to be. (That’s, middle aged man in Lycra)
When it’s all over:
No pain, no gain, right?
Chaffing in absolutely all the worst places is inevitable, not to mention the bruise you get from sitting on the bike. Make sure you’ve got a treatment plan and it might be best to avoid sitting altogether, at least for the time being.
Put your long skins on to fight the ache
You consider asking anyone who so much as gives you a handshake, to give you a full-body massage, because everything hurts.
Time to celebrate
Congratulations! You’ve made it. Now it’s time to grab a celebratory beer and vow to train better for next year.
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