Summer is here, you’ve been waiting all winter for the weather to get nice, for it to stop raining, for the wind to ease up a bit, and, all of a sudden it’s gotten too hot, your kids are off school and it’s time for the family holiday. All your winter training is at risk, what do you do? Thankfully there is a solution to all your problems so here’s my top five tips to keep riding in the summer:
Plan Your Holiday – First of all plan your holiday with everyone in mind. Sure there might be some compromises, but, take your family with you on an epic cycling adventure. If want to cycle around a foreign country, ride an epic climb or an amazing event, take a break with your family there too. What does your family like doing? You’ll be able to find a cycling event near a family friendly resort. You can have your ride and they can enjoy doing something else, if you’re lucky they might support you at the event.
Can’t Fit Bike in with Other Luggage – Hire a bike or you can even get yours shipped easily around the world to big events with specialist companies. Of course, there is risks involved in both, hiring the wrong size bike or your bike getting damaged in transit, but, it’s a solution. Check and book a bike in advance if you’re hiring and try to relax about your bike getting damaged, it’s at no more risk than being on a plane! Key here is to get this sorted the same time booking with plenty of time remaining.
It’s Gotten Too Hot – If you’re in the UK the chances of it being too hot for you are minimal, abroad it can be worse and sometimes dangerous but remember when it was raining, windy, snowing and just miserable? Use this as your focus and motivation to enjoy this weather while it lasts! To be truly British you do need to moan about the weather but it shouldn’t stop you from enjoying your cycling!
Preparation is Key – Ok so it actually is too hot and there is a chance of dehydration, heat stroke or some other form of illness that is putting you off riding, what can you do? First of all, it’s all about how you plan. Remember that hydration and nutrition will be key so take at least two bottles and pack your jersey pockets with suitable foods & even electrolyte tabs (not forgetting the usual kit like tools & tubes).
You’ll also need to plan a route that will mean you can stop to get more water. If you’re able to plan a route with cafes or stops you have the next point sorted too; finding cover if you get in trouble. Worse case, you get too hot and need to cool off, you will want to do this in shade. Make sure you dress correctly, base layers can actually help disperse sweat and heat, just make sure you get the right one. Also ensure you wear enough sun screen, nothing ruins a trip like sun burn!
If All Else Fails – Train indoors… Remember your turbo trainer, gym bike or other piece of equipment that you got familiar with over the winter, use it again! You’ll need to make some key adjustments like location, air circulation and temperature regulation but if you really can’t get out or face getting out then that’s what it’s designed for.
Checkout my Ultimate Guide to Heat Adaptation Training for more info.
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