Bike rides are one of the best ways to distress Ironically. It would make one tired. Still, it is relaxing for some people. Some people travel with recreational vehicles or trailers but make way for the love of their bike and attach bike racks on their RVs so they can reach distant destinations and get a chance to ride their bikes in the beautiful scenery.
But some people enjoy the company of their bicycle alone; they opt to travel distant places by paddling on their own, never minding the exhaustion. For them, it is fulfilling to reach their destination by their effort, no matter how far or tiring it would be.
So, if you love riding a bike, and if you are up to that idea, then you can now start preparing. Here, we have listed down what you might need to consider before pushing through with your most awaited long-distance bike ride.
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Train your endurance, build up your stamina
It is probably one of the essential things you need to do when planning a long bike ride. But, first, you have to prepare yourself physically. Endurance training is the key to the last longer and reaching your destination quickly, no matter how far it is.
Endurance training does not happen in one snap; you do it gradually. Therefore, it is not advisable to jump instantly from your usual one to two-hour ride to an eight-hour ride; it could cause you pain, injuries, and, worst, an accident.
To gradually build up your stamina, it would be great if you try to add a bit more to your usual workout routine every week; try adding an hour or a half to your regular hours of cycling.
You could continue adding little by little for about two months until you finally reach an eight-hour ride. The primary purpose is to make yourself slow; you used to long hour rides and let your body adjust to it voluntarily.
You could push yourself little by little, but never push yourself too much cause you might end up hurting or straining yourself. Instead, give yourself time to recover from the limit stretching rides.
Ride at your own pace
Remember that you are out for long-distance cycling and not for a race. This thing is a matter of endurance, not speed. You could go fast, but surely you would not last.
Do not wear yourself out too by keeping up to a fast pace; you will travel for hours, and you could not last long to reach your destination if you keep forcing yourself to speed up. So as much as possible, cyclists avoid falling apart due to fatigue, save up their energy for a long ride.
Listen to what your body says; it would tell you its limits. For example, you could know when you are pushing yourself by checking, that is, if you are barely talking while riding.
Also, if you feel like your legs ate burning, you might be riding too hard. Remember that endurance riding would always mean avoiding quick accelerations and sprints.
Keep Eating and Drinking while riding
distance riding is not a race or a hundred-meter dash. You could not stop in the middle of the race to grab a bottle of water, but you have to keep yourself hydrated and even keep on eating in long-distance riding.
It is advisable to drink water every hour and more during humid to hot seasons. You could bring any energy drink, and some energy snacks too.
You might want to have a bite or two every fifteen to thirty minutes. After that, any energy snack will do, be it a banana, chocolates, to any sweets that could boost up your energy.
Prepare with the Essential Equipment
Before paddling your bike, be sure that you already got the things you will be needed, make sure all of your equipment and tools are functioning well.
If you don’t want a popped tire in the middle of a lonely road, they might want to check your equipment thoroughly.
To avoid forgetting what you need, making a checklist is one of the great ways. List down all the things you have to bring in a long-distance ride. From snacks, water bottles, cash or cards, to repair kits and tools.
Also, It would be great to inspect your bike thoroughly. For example, see if your tires and chains need repair if the brake pads are bare and if the tire is under inappropriate pressure. Always check if anything needs a repair or a replacement.
Lastly, never forget your gear; bring your helmet, wear proper cycling attire, and other biking gear.
Prepare your mind too
Give your mind time to assess what you are doing; a good and positive mindset is an excellent weapon against troubles.
Prepare your mind by practicing your breathing, taking time to meditate and think. Do not stress yourself too much by pushing to be ready for a long ride. Even you are not prepared for it.
Listen to Your Body
Always listen to your body, sometimes it gives you signals, but you choose to ignore it.
We kept on pushing the saying “mind over matter,” but at some point, you never notice that your body is already giving up, and the only one moving forward is your mind.
That scenario could lead to burnout and could damage your long-term health. Take time to listen to what your body says; know your limits.
Traveling always needs preparation. Though people find joy in an abrupt or unexpected trip, nothing still beats the hassle-free feeling of a well-planned trip.
It applies to every traveling means, even in bike rides. Being ready is a gift; nobody wants to be uncomfortable and stressed during their getaway.
So, always plan, check everything thoroughly, and lastly, enjoy! You travel to relax and enjoy, not in any trouble and hassle.