It’s been a long winter and I for one have been excited to get back outside and also enjoy the outdoors on my bike.
I did a relatively small amount of “training” (getting ready) to be able to ride around comfortably.
I have two kids and a full time job, so I’ve found somethings that can really help you feel better on the bike.
As far as physical shape goes:
First, I didn’t spend more than 30 minutes riding indoors, but I did increase the intensity to where I did short bursts until I couldn’t sustain it, then rested, then did it again. This got my lungs ready for sure, out on the road I didn’t ever find myself gasping for air.
Second, push ups, a game changer. My neck and shoulders didn’t fatigue like they used to, it also increased my core strength allowing less pressure on my hands. I do it on my knuckles to simulate holding onto handlebars but am considering getting the perfect push up.
As far as the bike goes:
Pick tubes with removable valve stems so that you can add TLR sealant, in case of a puncture it can seal the hole, keep you riding or simply allow you to re air your tire with out having to change a tube.
Make sure it’s tuned up and everything is as it should be that way you don’t have to worry about mechanical mishaps. It’s ok to invest in bike parts that will reduce the un fun part of a bike that failed during a ride.
As far as you go:
Stay safe, high visibility is key and you can get high visible gloves, shoe covers, bar tape, jackets, helmets and the new light that can be seen from over a mile away in the day time.
As far as your diet goes:
We don’t know.