NO MORE BOREDOM20 October, 2014 0 comments
7 Ways to Stop Boredom Ruining Your Cycling Before It is Too Late
There are many reasons that you may be riding a bicycle, you may be trying to keep fit, using it to commute, competing in races, or maybe just for the fun of it, but whatever the reason, sometimes your riding just seems to lose its appeal. This is especially true if you are an experienced rider, and your bike rides have become longer and longer. If the number of bicycles produced in the world is anything to go by, more and more people are taking to the roads and country lanes every year, which could lead to a lot of bored people on bicycles. Keeping that boredom at bay is not such a difficult thing, so here are a few ideas to help you to carry on enjoying your journeys on your bike.
Take the Family
Riding your bike with your family can be a great day out for all of you, and encouraging your children (no matter what their ages) to start riding a bike could give them an introduction to a pass time that they will enjoy for the rest of their lives. Depending on age, you could start with gentle rides around the local park, with an intermission for a family picnic, or you could take older children on long rides through mountain scenery. Riding as a group has its potential dangers, and although you will probably be experienced enough to cope with these situations, you need to make sure your family is aware of them, and that you are supervising less experienced family members all of the time. This is a great bonding exercise for any family; and one that we should all do.
If you are a more experienced rider, perhaps taking your family on a ride will not stretch your riding passion enough. However, you could always pair up with another cyclist who is more suited to your needs. While riding for pleasure, it is great to have a companion who you can talk to on the more gentle stretches of road you encounter, and as long as you are vigilant, your conversations could last for hours. If you are more concerned with training, having a partner to push you along or to compete with will improve your riding and your fitness; and this is why you see so many cycling pairs on the road.
A Change of Scenery
They say that a change is as good as a rest, and in the world of cycling this holds true as much as anywhere else. Even if you have exhausted all possible routes from your home, packing our bike onto your car and taking off to a new location is always an option. In fact, this is a great way to learn more about areas around your home town, and it can be taken much further. Using the weekend to have cycling breaks will not only stop the boredom of your normal cycling route, they can be used to give your whole lifestyle a boost. Nothing broadens the mind like travel, and using your cycling to go to new places and to meet new people can only be a benefit to your mental and physical well being.
Taking this one step further is the opportunity given by the many bicycle touring companies that have appeared over the years. As cycling is such a popular pastime, it was inevitable that tour companies would try to cater for the cyclists themselves. Going on an organized group tour can be fantastic fun, and it takes away any possibility of a disappointing ride. Places of interest and natural beauty abound in these cycle tours, and there will usually be the chance to spend a few days covering routes that you may never have found on your own. Safety is always a major concern for touring agencies ,as is experience. This means that if you want to take your family with you there will be a suitable route, or if you want to push yourself to the limit, there will be something for you too. If you want a simple one day outing, a weekend away, or a complete holiday on a bicycle, tour groups are a great option.
Music on the Go
This may seem too obvious to include here, but lots of cyclists struggle through the boredom never thinking to use music. A simple MP3 player will suffice for most people, but you could invest in one of the purpose made cycling systems that ensure great quality and functionality. If you are going to use music, it is always worth taking the time to consider your music choice, especially as it can affect performance so much. Listening to chilled out relaxation music when trying to climb a steep incline is not the best psychological approach, whereas fast paced music with an attacking beat will have you pumping your legs to the rhythm.
Set a Goal
Target based bike riding is a fantastic way to put some interest back into a bike ride, and also a great way to push your fitness to a new level. Being able to improve your time over a set course, or to ride an extra few kilometers a day, will have the time rushing by. There is always going to be a need for motivation when you are setting a goal, and setting anything unrealistic will have the opposite effect to the one you want. You may also find that the ride itself doesn’t become the focus, but rather, the elation that you feel once your goal has been met.
Give Yourself a Treat
Stopping your bike ride to enjoy something else is something that you will find a lot of cyclists doing, and you could be well advised to learn from them. Something as simple as stopping at a market town to soak up the atmosphere, or taking an hour out to do some bird watching, can make your ride seem worth it not only for the ride itself but for the chance to enjoy something else too. To be honest, everybody deserves a treat when out on the road; so make sure you do this even if you don’t get bored.
Cycling without any enjoyment seems, to me, to make the ride itself pointless; but there is no reason for it to be. However, if you are feeling a little bit down on your rides, looking at these suggestions should help you put the fun back into them.