Before joining GYGIG as a rider, I was not a serious cyclist. I hadn’t done any distance cycling. I had done some riding around my neighborhood, or short trips on bike trails, but now with the Rides and training, I have put in thousands of miles in the saddle.
Training in Central Florida has presented challenges. With limited hills, we’ve had to get creative with our training. Using interval training to simulate hills, riding into headwinds when possible, riding up and down overpasses, and traveling to where the hills are, we were able to get in some actual hill training.
It’s also helpful to have riding buddies to train with you. Have people to push you when you’re feeling tired and keeping you company on those hours on the road. If you don’t have anyone in your area to ride with (or even if you do) GYGIG will hook you up with an experienced rider who can help give you tips, motivation, and support through your training. There is nothing better than having a group of people to ride with and to keep you motivated, but even if you don’t have those people during your training rides, you will find them at the GYGIG Rides.
The biggest thing for me was time in the saddle. I needed to get my butt ready to sit on the bike seat for long stretches of time. When the weather didn’t cooperate, I would use the stationary bikes at the gym, or put the bike on a trainer. It’s very helpful to come up with a training schedule that works with your schedule, and the GYGIG team is there to help every step of the way. I’m here to tell you, even if you haven’t ridden your bike in a long time, or over any kind of distance, you can ride further than you think you can…with proper training.
Plus, with many ride distance options, there is something that is sure to be something to fit your skill level– but don’t be afraid to challenge yourself! One of the proudest achievements of my life was challenging myself to a long distance, training, and riding across that finish line for the first time. You couldn’t wipe the smile off of my face.
For more information on Gary’s training story, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org