5 Things People Forgot to Tell You About Long-Distance Cycling
Updated: May 18, 2022
If you’re new to long-distance cycling, there may be a few things you need to know before getting your feet wet.
As you begin your journey into long-distance cycling, there are countless things that you’ll learn. But we’re not about to hold out on this valuable knowledge for the new guys — we’re here to fill you in on everything you should know before you get started.
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5 Things You Need to Know About Long-Distance Cycling
Here are the things you need to know that will help prepare you for the many miles on the road to come:
Physically and Mentally Taxing — Cycling takes a lot out of you physically, of course. But many people don’t realize how mentally taxing long-distance cycling can be! It’s common for cyclists to feel defeated and frustrated at some point during their ride. Push through these negative thoughts and dig deep and focus on your goal. Pass the time by singing, taking in the views, or listening to a podcast or tunes. Just keep going!
You’ll Need Fuel on the Road — For rides 20-miles or shorter, you probably won’t need snacks while you cycle. However, any more than that (or a couple of hours of cycling), you will definitely want to refuel. Rides in the four to five-hour range, requirements for nutrition become very serious and necessary. On top of drinking water and electrolyte-infused beverages, you’ll need to eat some easily digestible carbs such as energy gels to help you avoid that dreaded crash (figuratively and literally speaking).
Go Easy on Pre-Ride Foods — On the topic of food and fuel, yes, it’s important to fuel before your ride. But a heavy pre-ride meal will not do you any favors while you’re peddling. Before you hit the road, make sure to top off your glycogen stores with a light berry and banana smoothie or some whole-grain toast topped with almond butter.
More Than Just Your Legs Will Hurt — For the most part, cycling is a low-impact sport. However, after 50 or more miles of hitting the pavement, your entire body is going to feel every bump — especially your neck, shoulders, hands, and behind. To soften the blow and relieve pressure, make sure to invest in a quality pair of padded bike shorts and to switch your posture and position whenever necessary.
Hobby Turned Passion — Don’t be surprised if you become addicted to long-distance cycling. After you’ve pushed past the fatigue and your sore behind calluses, you will find yourself craving and seeking out that rush of endorphins and peaceful hours to yourself. Get ready to dedicate a lot of time to the sport.
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