A lot of what I’ve written in the Wednesday Wisdom has been dry, hard-core training advice.
But that’s no good if you’re not enjoying riding. And if you’re not having fun you won’t stick to the training schedule.
In my efforts not be Damar Dokic I tell my kids that rule number one, for the respective sports they do, is to have fun… keep your eyes on the ball, move your feet.
So let’s have a bit of fun.
WHY RIDE – If you’re feeling a little stale try to remember what it was that attracted you to cycling.
For me, a big part of it was the sense of adventure and the freedom to explore. Therefore, a lot of my ideas on how to make riding fun are based around why I started riding.
NEW ROADS – Make the most of Strava and see where others in your area are riding and map out a few rides that take on roads you’ve never ridden before.
A change of scenery can do wonders.
OFF ROAD – One of the great stresses of cycling is riding in traffic. If you’ve got a mountain bike or cyclocross bike make the most of it and incorporate one ride a week on the dirt.
It’s so much more relaxing not worrying about cars and getting closer to nature.
BIKE PATHS – Bike paths are no place for serious training but on your low intensity / active recovery days they’re a great option. And again you get to explore your neighbourhood.
A NEW CAFÉ – Plan a ride around going to try a new café on the other side of town. It will give your ride a purpose with a treat at the midway point.
NO DATA – Being beholden to watts, speed, cadence and your heart rate can dull the fun of cycling. Try to do a few rides computer free and just enjoy the bike.
TAKE SOME PHOTOS – Some cyclists don’t need any encouragement to do this but stop every now and then to take a photo of the amazing scenery you get to see when riding. Those photos on your phone can provide the inspiration to get back out on the bike in the moments you’re lacking motivation.
Being one of the most recognisable voices of cycling, Matthew Keenan regularly forms part of the international commentary team at the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana, broadcast around the world from Europe, USA, Africa, New Zealand and on SBS in Australia.
Matt is one of the two official voices of L’Etape Australia by Le Tour de France.