Happy New Year! If you're like many other cyclists out there, you'll have taken a well-deserved rest from your cycling training routine over the Christmas and New Year period.
But while many people welcome the idea of taking a break from hitting the pedals, others can't wait to jump back in the saddle (literally!) and get themselves back to a decent level of fitness as soon as possible.
Not to mention burning off all those unwanted extra Christmas calories! Indulge in too many mince pies, did we?
Still, whatever end of the spectrum you're on, it can be notoriously difficult to get back in the regular rhythm of a cycling training routine after having spent so much time off.
So if you're in need of a little boost to get you up and running (or cycling) again, here are just a few ideas to help you get back to a cycling training routine in 2020!
Get a Planner
Organisation is the key to success. In any aspect of life, if you have a plan in place at least you have a general direction to aim for.
That's why things like planners sure do come in handy!
Whether it's a physical planner or one of those nifty planner apps we can keep in our pockets at all times, there's always a way to plot out your near future, both in our personal and professional lives.
If you're the type of person that headed out for a cycle whenever the mood struck you, as opposed to sticking to a schedule, this might be a trait you want to consider altering in 2020.
With a cycling planner you'll be able to see exactly when you need to don your helmet and reach for the rest of your cycling gear, so there's absolutely zero excuse to not fit in your daily dose of exercise!
Plus, seeing your cycling routine laid out in front of you makes the whole situation all the more real and will definitely encourage you to get a move on!
Use Friends/Family for Encouragement
Any job can be daunting if we're doing it alone.
But as the classic song goes:
"I get by with a little help from my friends!"
If you struggle to get back into the game after a long period away, and your close friends and family are aware of this, be sure to let them know that any words of encouragement can and will help you along your way.
On a more serious note, friends and family can also hold you to your word, probably in a much more memorable and impactful way than a cycling planner ever could.
Heck, you could even get those around you to join you on the next route of your new cycling training routine! Who knows? You could make a cycling convert of them yet!
Take Advantage of New Cycling Gear
Hands up if you received some pretty impressive new cycling gear for Christmas!
If you've yet to try out all the brilliant cycling goodies you received, or maybe even treated yourself to, over the Christmas period, your new 2020 cycling routine gives you the perfect opportunity to do so!
Maybe your partner bought you a brand new, shiny set of wheels you can show off to your cycling buddies?
Or maybe you were able to snag an insane deal in the boxing day sales?
Either way, the desire to get using all your new stuff should be enticing enough to get you to organise a cycling training routine so you can use it more regularly than you previously would.
If that isn't encouragement to get back to it, we don't know what is!
Build Your Way Back Up
When we don't exercise for a while, our bodies start to become accustomed to our new relaxed state.
While there's nothing like a good few weeks of relaxation, this can be detrimental to our cycling performance and overall stamina.
This is especially true if we've also gained some unwanted Christmas weight - mince pies again!
That's why, when you finally do decide to jump back in, it might be a good idea to take it easy for the first couple of weeks.
Your body will need time to regain any lost stamina and the ability to withhold as much oxygen as you did before your break.
Be sure to push yourself, but not too hard.
With effort and a little time, you’ll find yourself back in peak physical condition in no time.
So don’t feel guilty about going back for seconds at your Christmas dinner… we’ve all been there!
Change Up Your Schedule
The new year is all about taking advantage of new opportunities and making changes in your life that could benefit you moving forward.
This could be anything from joining a gym to taking up a new hobby and beyond.
But if you feel like your old cycling training routine was getting a little stale, the new year is the perfect chance to change things up a bit!
Why not change the hours you cycle? (Evening route to morning route) Or even choose a brand new route altogether?
A change of scenery might even be a positive move for your exercise and get you using muscles you never knew you had!
Or, if you want to make the ultimate change to your cycling schedule, why not make 2020 the year your embark on your first, or next, cycling holiday?
At Freewheel Holidays we have an incredible selection of cycling holidays at prime cycling routes scattered across Europe ready and waiting for your wheels to tackle!
If you’d like to see what we have to offer, hit the link here and start 2020 with the best decision you ever made!