A year ago, I accepted that I will never actually do an epic charity bike ride such as the Ride to Conquer Cancer. But recently, all that has changed, and I have now resolved that I will do next year’s BC Ride to Conquer Cancer. Here’s how I came to be inspired to do this. I hope this post will inspire you too. Also includes links to useful training advice and other inspirational cycling posts.
George A. Custer said it best: “It’s not how many times you get knocked down that count, it’s how many times you get back up.” Georgia Simmerling – two-time Winter Olympian and five-time Ski Cross World Cup medalist – epitomizes this winning spirit and inspires us all to get back up and keep going (and cycling)!
Researchers have proven that very short sprint intervals of intense cycling can yield impressive health and fitness benefits. This means it is possible to get fit in much less time than was previously thought. It is possible to get just as fit in 30 minutes a week as in two and a half hours per week. This breaks down to three 10-minute workouts, as compared to three 50-minute workouts. No, it’s not another crazy get fit fad, and you don’t have to buy anything – it’s simply more proof of the enormous benefits of sprint interval training (i.e. exercise sessions that include very short bursts of very intense effort).
Videos showing complete core workout. There’s a lot more to building core strength than doing crunches – in fact, you should STOP doing crunches! Here’s a simple but effective core workout that will help you build strong core muscles – making you a better cyclist, and reducing back pain and injuries.
An effective post-ride routine is a crucial part of good, structured bike training. Exercising smartly isn’t about completely wiping yourself out, and then doing it again on your next ride. Adequate recovery prepares your body for ongoing work-outs, so that ultimately you can really get fit.
Phase 2 of the Average Joe Cyclist Beginner Cyclist Training Plan builds on the level of fitness you have built in Phase 1. In Phase 2 you will begin to incorporate interval training into your workouts. This will cause increased calorie burn, fight stress, and help you to get fit faster.
The Average Joe Cyclist Beginner Cyclist Training Plan is a really simple plan that is suitable for new cyclists. Phase 1 of this plan requires just 3 training days per day, but it will enable you to see impressive fitness gains really fast. Phase 1 will get you to the point where you can comfortably cycle for up to an hour at a time – and ready for the next, more ambitious step.
Deciding to do a charity ride is a great way to get involved and get fit. The fixed date for the cycling event gives you a get-fit goal to aim for, and the motivation to keep going with your cycling training plan (you don’t want to end up pushing your bike uphill on the day, if you can avoid it). Most charity bike rides in the USA and Canada take place during the summer, so you have the early part of the year to start training and getting fit for your chosen charity ride.