Cycling: What to do if I can’t ride.
If you are the one who follows this blog, then you know that I broke a wheel. I was climbing the short, steep section of road a block away from work when one of the 20 massive bladed spokes snapped. Sadness 🙁 Cycling was built into my routine. During the summer, I have been averaging 400 miles a month. I typically ride the 25 mile round trip to work an average of 3 days a week. On Saturdays, I ride with some kind folks who beat me like a rented mule for 60 or so miles. It has been an excellent summer!
I have been doing remarkably well with my riding this summer, but it has not always been easy. I was feeling a bit burned out after RAGBRAI. I slowed down a little bit for a couple of weeks, but I never stopped. I was, in fact picking up momentum when my wheel up and died. That was nearly two weeks ago. Since that time; I feel fatter, slower and more stressed out than I have all summer. I feel tired and lethargic. I am having a local bike shop build a custom replacement wheel. Unfortunately the rim has yet to arrive. If I do not do something, I am sure I am going to lose my ever loving mind!
Time away from cycling has made me appreciate how important cycling is to me. If you are reading this, I suspect it is important to you too. I know that there are going to be times when I cannot ride. It is time to focus on making the most of them. In the winter, I focus on strength training. I focus on strengthening parts of my body that may atrophy on the bike. I work my core, upper body and lower body power. If the weather cooperates for a bike commute or weekend ride, that is a bonus. I can no longer sit and allow my hard won summer conditioning to diminish even further. So it is time to take action! It is time for a cycling boot camp! Tonight I started with a spin video and a little yoga. I will spin again Friday. During the weekend, I will hit the mountain bike. Hell maybe I will even go on a run. When I finally get my bike back, I want to be ready!!!