Norco E-News – Time For Something A Bit Different
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Time for something a bit different.
You know, sometimes it is better to do just that – Do something completely different. I’ve been asked many times, “how do you stay so excited about riding day after day, year after year when working in the industry you practically live and breathe it?” The answer is easy: I make sure to take a break. I’d recommend the same for everyone. I’m sure because of where you live, some of you are FORCED to take a break whether you want to or not” It’s pretty hard to ride when there is 2’ of fresh snow and it is 15 below zero outside. That’s when you grab your skis, snowboard or sled and head out to enjoy a different type of outdoor activity. You could still ride; it just may be dark, rainy, muddy or worse. It might just feel like “work”. Don’t ever get to that point.
If you like riding as much as I do, try to not push it. Trying to get every day possible on a bike can get tiring and take the joy out of cycling. My trick is to hang up my bike(s) and just walk away. After about a week off the bike I feel an urge to go back and give my trusty steed a clean-up and some fresh lube, but then I hang it up again. Doing something different is not a bad thing, it’s called Cross training.
Some of the folks that know me know I do this pretty much every winter. I take up running. Running?? What the heck?? Hear me out. I find it to be a great sport for cross training. I can run from October through till spring and when I hop back on my bike I come into the year raring to go with some easily transferred fitness.
Through the winter months I am lucky because the weather permits me to ride (to work or out and about), so I get my cycling fix. I also take my little hound, Miss Molly, for her morning rips most days, but I really don’t consider that riding! I’m not heading out on the road bike for an 80-100 K’er or on my mountain bike for a good 3-5 hour ride. Those bikes are put away and will be for another few months.
So, as lame as it may sound to those of you reading this going, “WHAT??. What is he telling me to do??,” just try it. Try something different. If you don’t like running, no problem, there is squash, racquetball, yoga, snowboarding, WHATEVER floats y’er boat, just don’t force yourself to grind away through the wettest, darkest winter rides. If you are going to hop on your bike, keep it short and make sure it is strictly for fun, OK?
Trust me on this one. You will know when it is time to dig your gear out and head outside! And let me tell you, when you do, you will quickly remember why you love riding so much. You will be like a kid on their first bike again. And because of all the cross training have been doing, the only muscles on your body that are sore after that first ride will be your cheeks from grinning so much.
Enjoy your down time.
title photo by Ian Craib
Source: Norco News