Canadian Cycling Magazine - - FEATURE -

For Pen­drel, the old saw that says “chamois time is train­ing time” isn’t ex­actly true. “Nah,” she said, “cof­fee rides have their place.”

“My No. 1 is have fun,” said Gar­ri­gan. “It was first ver­bal­ized to me when I asked Ge­off Kabush for any wis­dom or hard-earned lessons – due in part be­cause of his im­pres­sive list of achieve­ments, but also his longevity in the sport. His ad­vice: have fun.”

“Keep it fun. Cy­cling is hard enough with­out throw­ing your­self into an iso­la­tion cham­ber of per­fect wattage zones,” warned Trew. “As such, it’s a good idea to mix up the pre­cise train­ing with the oc­ca­sional fun ride with sign sprints and riv­et­ing con­ver­sa­tion. And a good old cof­fee shop stop from time to time won’t kill you ei­ther (but only when it’s ap­pro­pri­ate).”

Smith said the best train­ing ad­vice she’s been given is to make it fun and in­ter­est­ing. “If you’re ex­cited to get on your bike, and you’re hav­ing fun train­ing, then you will keep train­ing,” she said. “If it’s a dreary chore, you will stag­nate, pro­cras­ti­nate and prob­a­bly quit.”

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