The way we monitor our rides has come on in leaps and bounds in recent years. Cycling computers don’t just track distance and speed but cadence, heart rate, power – giving you instant feedback and even a suggested window for recovery and more.
All of that is great, and if you’re training towards specific goals it’s good to have that information available to you. If you’ve got a coach, you can easily transfer all the lovely numbers over to them, too.
However, it’s currently December. For many cyclists, the goal events of summer are far away in the distance right now. So is it the right time to take the numbers off your handlebars for a little bit?
Here are a few signs you need to take a holiday from the data….
You can’t stop chasing targets
Some people are relaxed about their riding anyway – they simply enjoy getting out for a steady pedal around the local lanes. Others struggle. Even when it’s not necessary, they’re prone to shooting for a specific distance, a certain average speed, heart rate or power. You can’t push yourself all year – your brain and body need a little break at some point. If you simply can’t help yourself from staring at the screen and trying to hit goals, then the only way to ensure you get that necessary brain-break might be to turn it off.