Cycling is more than just a mode of transportation. It is a mental ecstasy that creates a therapeutic feeling of freedom and independence. As the sport continues to grow year after year, I cannot help but reminisce about my first time on the bike. Something about hopping on a two-wheel motion produces a sense of inner-childhood joy that we have all shared when we were kids. But, once you begin take the sport seriously and begin incorporating it in your weekly schedule, you will find that things are incredibly different then biking to Johnny’s house back in the day.
Below, you will find the four big things you will learn when you start cycling. Regardless of how tough or regiment it gets, the passion of riding will always push you to the next level, and of course, push you over that next hill.
When you start cycling, you will find out…it is hard.
Like many novices to the sport, you may be a bit overly excited to test out your new wheels on the road. While the sense of exploring is a great way to start riding, you need to keep in mind your stamina and expertise to the field. To start off, play around with your gears. Understand what they can do for you and how you can best optimize them as you ride. Then try and challenge yourself by attempting to ride up a hill. If you find that it is too much for you, try and push yourself. If, however, you are still struggling, turn back and continue to ride around different paths. As much as this can be exhausting, you need to keep in mind that you are new to cycling. The first time is always the hardest. Do not let those failed attempts deter you from trying another time. There is no shame is not being able to do it. The only shame is not trying.
When you start cycling, you will find out … that you will buy more new cycling gear.
If you are really invested in the sport, you will find out quickly the financial investment you will be spending every time you ride. This can range from the cycling attire, such for climate restrictions, helmets, and gloves, to overall bike modification, such as flat pedals, seats, reflectors, new wheels, brakes, etc. Regardless of the expense, do not see this as a waste of money, but an investment into your passion.
When you start cycling, you will find out…that you will change your diet.
Like any type of exercising regiment, your diet will be expected to change. Immediately you will find that heavy or fatty meals can often deter you from riding at your leisure time. That being said, eating health, especially those that give you a boost of energy, will be a main source before and after your ride.
When you start cycling, you will find out…you will be addicted to cycling.
No matter who you are, there is no escaping the passion and addiction you will have for cycling. The joy to travel and explore the unknown paths will always be in the back of your mind. At the end of the day, it is inevitable. Don’t fight it. Instead enjoy every ride like it is your last.