Ted // Go out with goals in mind and carrots to chase.
I haven’t trained with formal intervals in years, but riding alone is the perfect time to enter a bit of structure into your ride. This will mix up the day, add intensity into an otherwise JRA-ride, and you’ll see improvement in your overall performance as much as you’ll see the time fly by. Structure can be literally anything other than “just riding along”. Try standing for a three minute stretch (180 seconds has never felt so long), pedal at a really high cadence, test out a low cadence. Mixing it up is the way to go.
Are intervals too much for you? Trust me, I get it. Do some exploring into segments and then go KOM hunting. Are crowns not in your grasp? Not an issue at all. PRs are a huge achievement unto themselves, so go out with goals in mind and carrots to chase.
The roads are as empty as we may ever see in our lifetimes. Cycling etiquette is perhaps more important now than ever. There are more cyclists on the road than ever and doing our part to show that we know how to be courteous and unobtrusive will go far in enhancing cyclist-motorist relations. Basically, despite the roads being scarce of cars, that’s not an invitation to ride in the middle of the road or ride three abreast. Don’t be left lane Larry.
Be prepared. Bring the tools and equipment you need to fix a flat and then another. Pack your pockets with nutrition (ahem, UnTapped) so that you don’t show up at your convenience store expecting a fueling refill only to find the doors closed.
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