Mental Preparation for the Ride


In my opinion, the most important ingredient for performance on the bike is Mental Preparation.  Of course it is….the brain is the most powerful thing we have so it’s really the starting point of making it happen.  Making anything happen.

Everything in life is created first in the mind, and then again in reality…..and that applies to your ride as well.

We just finished a week of cycling tips here at Loving the Bike, where we provided some tips on helping you perform better on your bike.  There are also a whole bunch of great cycling tips available for your listening pleasure over at our Cycling 360 Podcast as well.  But in order for any cycling tips to be effective, you must first be mentally prepared for your ride and mentally prepared to put these tips into action.

I’ve got an over-thinking mind so it’s always aware of a power training ride being a part of each week day.  (Yes, I’m a Monday to Friday rider who likes to get enough miles in during the week so I can spend the weekends with my Family).  So my mind never seems to stop focusing on my ride until it’s been completed….and then soon after begins to focus on the next one.

A couple weeks ago we had plans and I knew I’d be tied up for the whole day, and not able to ride.  My mind definitely knew about this as well.  In the morning, our plans changed and I suddenly had enough time for a ride after all.  As I got geared up and ready to go, I could tell that I just wasn’t into it like I normally am.  In fact, I opted for my mountain bike instead of a road ride because I just wasn’t feeling it.

Yeah, the mind is a powerful thing….and not being mentally prepared ahead of time made me lack the enthusiasm and energy to get out there and push the limits.  I learned right then and there just how powerful my mind and thoughts really are.

Enjoy Your Ride….but always be sure to mentally focus on it as well.  Be aware of what you want to do on your bike, mentally prepare, and Make it Happen.


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