This lockdown is completely crazy. In all my years on earth I have never experienced anything like it, nor have I ever imagined that anything like this would come to be.
If you are like me, you are struggling to make sense of it all and to maintain your sanity. What is keeping me sane is my cycling trips, with changes of course.
If you are having a hard time with this lockdown, here are some tips to help you use cycling to your advantage.
1) Maintain Social Distancing
You have to keep a safe distance between you and others. The government says that a minimum is 6 feet but with physical activities like cycling that might bot be enough. People are inhaling and exhaling deeply during exercise which, in my opinion, could increase the needed distancing.
What this means for me is no more group rides. Until this is over, it is an unnecessary risk and I have given them up. While I miss and will continue to miss the camaraderie, there is still pleasure in cycling even by myself.
2) Push Yourself
Why not take this Pandemic as an opportunity to push yourself to the next level. If you think about it, from a cycling perspective it is a huge opportunity.
For starters, you have more free time than ever. Sure, many of us are working at home but you are not spending time commuting and chances are that your work hours are reduced. In addition, there are few if any other extracurricular activities to contend with.
Besides all of this time, you also have the nutrition aspect to benefit you. You are probably eating most of your meals at home, cooking them yourself. This gives you the opportunity to eat healthier than you ever have.
Why not exit the lockdown in better shape and as a better cyclist.
3) Get Your Bike In Shape
This is another area where you can benefit from the extra time to get your bike in perfect shape.
Make sure everything is clean, tight and properly greased. All of the things that you might put off for another day, get them done now. What else do you have to do.
While you are at it, why not perfect the art of changing a flat tire. See how fast you can get a tire off, remove the tube and put it all back together. This is a good skill that could come in handy when life gets back to normal.
4) Put Together A Killer Emergency Kit
Cycling alone during a pandemic means that you will have to be more prepared than ever. No more borrowing a patch from a fellow rider.
Put together a kit that can handle any situation. Have an extra tube, a patch kit, some chap stick, lotion, sun block, wet wipes, an energy bar or two and of course a basic first aid kit.
Being prepared to handle anything will help you feel more confident in your cycling, especially when pushing yourself harder.
5) Change It Up
You will soon find that cycling is the highlight of your day. Make the most of your rides by keeping things new and exciting.
This might mean changing your route from time to time, doing your normal loop in reverse or even making your rider at different times of the day.