It’s that time of year when many cyclists start looking for alternative forms of exercise to help boost their performance on the bike. It’s not because we don’t love cycling – but because it’s good to vary up your training from time to time. And sometimes the weather is so hideous we’d rather be indoors.
Whilst you can take the cyclist off the bike, you really can’t take the biking out of the cyclist. As a result, die hard bike riders taking part in other forms of exercise tend to have some amusing habits.
Here are just a few…
Wearing bib shorts or padded shorts to the gym
Even if you’re only going to spin on the bike for 10 minutes to warm up before moving on to other activities – such as strengthening exercises – you still wear your best bib shorts or padded cycling shorts.
Why? Well – you experienced enough undercarriage distraction in the days before you wore padded shorts so as far as you’re concerned you’ll be wearing them for any bike related workout, even if it’s just the warm up.
… And though you’re pretty sure your rippling quads do the job, you want to make sure everyone knows you’re a cyclist.
Take your cycling computer with you – during all workouts
Unless you’re a triathlete (who probably uses a multisport watch) then it’s likely you record most of your rides on a cycling computer like a Garmin. And then you probably upload your rides to Strava, Garmin Connect, Training Peaks, other.
But what about runs, or gym workouts, that you still want to upload? No problem – you just carry your computer with you. On the run, you’ll still measure mileage, and in the gym you switch it to indoor mode and wear a heart rate monitor.
No brainer, right?
Just try to ignore the confused looks as you accidentally press ‘pause’ whilst doing your best downward facing dog.