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Stay mo­ti­vated when re­gain­ing your post- win­ter fit­ness, with these tips on hav­ing fun as you chase the lac­tic burn. Plus: how to fit in more rides, and fix a flat with­out a re­pair – and find out why cy­clists make bet­ter driv­ers.

“Go some­where you’ve never rid­den be­fore,” says on­line con­trib­u­tor Ly­dia Tan­ner. “Adding the el­e­ment of nav­i­ga­tion helps dis­tract you from pain.” Se­nior ed­i­tor Glo­ria Liu swears by her No-In­ter­val Train­ing Plan: “I let fast friends thrash me a cou­ple of times a week; when I need rest, I ride with peo­ple who roll at a chill pace.” Pre­fer to head out alone? “I love tack­ling crazy climbs solo,” says on­line writer James Hart. “No pres­sure, no time goal, and the views are al­ways great.” Me­chanic Joël Nankman turns train­ing into a game: “Try to go fast enough to get a but­ter­fly stuck in your draft.” Or play Cat and Mouse on the trails, says con­tribut­ing writer Selene Yeager. “Ride with some­one faster than you and chase them. Then switch: Give your­self a head start and stay in front of them.” Want more struc­ture? “I do in­ter­vals on an up­hill trail,” says con­tribut­ing writer Molly Hur­ford. “In be­tween, I get to shred sin­gle­track down, so it’s worth it!”

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