If you are losing steam for that lunch ride, or thinking maybe you’ll just do happy hour instead of getting in an after work ride, or waffling on setting the alarm for oh-early-thirty to hit the trail before work tomorrow, let me offer some reasons for not giving in to complacence. You need to get out and ride, and here are five reasons why.
This Might be It—The sun might not come up tomorrow, or the earth actually could stop spinning, and wouldn’t you feel silly if you missed out on your last chance to ride? More realistically though, you might not get a chance to ride tomorrow, or the next day—suddenly you’ve been off the bike for several days. But if you get out there now, you might start the wheels spinning for multiple days of riding in a row. So lube the chain and get a ride in, you never know what tomorrow may bring.
Today Could be the Day—Your “Best Ride Ever,” or “Fastest Time up Heart Attack Hill” is lurking out there somewhere, now might be the time it happens. Some of my most memorable rides have been the result of last-minute decisions to get a quick one in, resulting in surprisingly fast climbs and on-the-edge descents. A great performance when you almost didn’t ride at all is an especially enjoyable treat. And if it’s just an average ride? Hey, it still beats working.
It Will Make You Happy—Feeling a little grumpy? A bit edgy? Fluorescent office lighting sapping your soul? Besides the fact that both exercise and sunlight stimulate the release of endorphins to improve your mood, a rip on the bike will clear your head of negative brain waves as you concentrate on a smooth spin and correct weight distribution. Plus it will give you a happy place to go back to when something stressful pops up later in the day.
Make Room for Dinner—A one-hour ride at moderate effort will enable you to eat a delicious bacon cheeseburger and come out even on calories. Of course, most of those calories are from saturated fat, so the actual health value of such a trade-off is debatable. That same ride could instead clear space for three Anchor Porters, or four Fireman’s Brew root beers if you have to ride—or drive—home.
No One Ever Got Faster by Not Riding—You want to have more fun on tomorrow’s ride? Then you need to ride today. And tomorrow, and the next day. Only after breaking yourself down over multiple rides in a row can you use the Recovery Day Excuse for not riding. Seriously, if you want to ride faster, and longer, and harder, and more, then that’s exactly what you need to do. I’m not saying you need to train, but you do need to ride. Today. Now. GO FOR A RIDE!