CONTRIBUTED CONTENT — Using your bike ought to finally be about having enjoyable. Sure, it’s a exercise. Typically it’s difficult and might even be onerous and painful.
However on the finish of the journey – or inside a day or two after ending an enormous occasion – it is best to be capable to say you had enjoyable. It’s the rationale most individuals journey bikes, and should you’re not having enjoyable, you’re doing it incorrect. Enjoyable clearly is available in totally different varieties for various folks, and accepting a problem that may probably be onerous and a bit painful can nonetheless be crammed with many enjoyable moments.
A few months in the past, my girlfriend Steph got here up with the concept of driving 10% of the miles of the Tour de France every day. That averages out to be about 10 miles a day – the longest journey being 14 miles and the shortest journey being 2 miles, which is the day of the person time trial through the Tour de France. Not large miles actually, however the problem is the frequency of the rides: 21 days in a row with solely two relaxation days.
“Have fun with that,” I believed. However as we talked in regards to the “rules” of the sport, I grew to become hooked. This did sound like enjoyable. In spite of everything, I’d be watching the tour on tv anyway, so what higher approach to get motivated to journey every single day?
We considered doing the entire levels on mountain bike trails, which might be a cool manner to do that “grand tour,” or making an attempt to throw in 10% of the climbing as effectively (there was numerous it on this 12 months’s race). However due to the logistics of our jobs, the care of our canine Penny or simply the vagaries of day by day life, we determined to maintain it unfastened and hit the miles in any manner we may handle.
Some days have been certainly on filth, and a few have been on pavement. We even rode a number of of the brief mile days on our old-school Schwinn three-speed cruisers so as to add to the problem and to maintain it enjoyable.
That’s the cool factor a few venture like this; it’s so unofficial! Make your individual guidelines. Miss a day? Make it up on the finish or add the miles to the subsequent day. Do it within the filth? Do all of it on the street? Experience your quickest or simply go for a journey? It’s your tour and your guidelines.
As I write this on day 21, the professional peloton is making its manner into Paris for a number of laps across the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Elysees for one final dash end to finish this 12 months’s Tour and crown its winners.
We’ll be ready for the night temps to chill a bit so we are able to end our “10% Tour” in St. George’s barely much less historic and glitzy downtown, the place we’ll journey by way of a number of roundabouts and climb a parking storage or two to simulate the ultimate stage and our victorious end of Le Petite Tour, as I name it.
Sadly, it’s additionally Sunday, so we are able to’t get any champagne to have fun, as is the custom. I suppose glowing water should do!
This text was first printed in St. George Health & Wellness journal and up to date for present publication.
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