Cycling: What to do if I can’t ride.

By | September 11, 2014
What time away from the bike feels like!

What time away from the bike feels like!

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!!!

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