You Should Know
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!”