Will you be venturing out on a cycling vacation? If you are, then you should know that there is nothing worse than being left behind by the pack, pushing yourself so hard to keep up to the point of not being able to enjoy the company or the surroundings, feeling that you are holding up the group, or worse, incurring an injury as a result of not being in your element.
Preparing for any vacation is important, but more especially when you are going on a cycling trip. There are some things you need to consider well in advance such as:
*your existing fitness level
*the amount of time you have to get ready for your trip
*your familiarity with cycling
*the equipment and essentials you need to take or will use
*other activities you want to participate in
*the amount of time you are planning to spend on your bike
When selecting a cycling trip, the points mentioned above must be considered in conjunction with one another. If you are not very fit and you plan on going on a cycling trip in just a short time, then you must choose something that is realistically within your reach. For instance, if you have not gone cycling for over a year, or you do not cycle often and far, do not choose a pseudo-Tour de France in the Alps.
If you are planning on doing a lot of cycling on your trip, and you have enough time to prepare, you might want to consider cross-training. It is important to get lots of exercise in any chosen activity, but stretching is always a good way to keep your muscles loose and relaxed, while at the same time, strengthening your core and other supporting muscles.
Bikes and Equipment
The equipment you have makes a big difference to your comfort level as well as your enjoyment of the trip. If you are either taking your own or renting out one, make sure that the bike is in good condition before you hop on it. If you are going to bring your own bike, then make sure that it is tuned properly. If you are going to rent one, then make sure that it fits you properly.
Wearing the right clothing and gears are just as important. For instance, you should make sure that you are wearing the right shoes, and that you break them in slowly first so you do not suffer from blisters when you use them on your trip. It is also a good idea to invest in padded shorts because they can keep you more comfortable on the saddle. The wearing of gloves helps absorb the vibrations of the road that causes pain in the arms, shoulders and elbows. Make sure to pack clothing that breathes well and wicks.
If you are going to bring your own bicycles, remember to check out our available bike racks today!