Keeping It Fresh


If you’re like me, it’s that time of the cycling season when the regular bike routes start getting a little stale. I’ve been out on my favorite roads, mixing things up by altering the combinations, and adding a few additional routes to my training….but the scenery is starting to get a little old.  So, what can be done to keep things fresh?

  1. Explore – I’ve repeatedly done every single main highway in my area, but I know there are countless paved country roads that I’ve never touched.  It’s time for me to check some of these out.  If the same can be said for where you live, give it a shot.
  2. Training Mix-Up – Another way to make the same old roads more interesting is to mix up the type of training you’re doing.  Hill repeatsinterval trainingpaceline, or any other technique training is a great ways to help improve your riding and keep your mind busy.
  3. Biking Babes –  As mentioned in last week’s biking babes post, the girls of cycling are definitely something that keeps my interest.  Why not take along a biking babe cycling partner to help stimulate your ride?
  4. Break a Record – If your longest ride ever is 90 miles, set a goal to smash it with a longer one.  Shoot for a new, all-time high, average speed.  Climb that hill that you’ve never been able to get to the top of. Whatever it is, use your record breaking challenge as a way to keep the ride fresh.
  5. Destination – It’s all about Enjoying the Ride, but sometimes focusing on a new destination can be a good thing as well.  Choose a surrounding town that you’ve never cycled to and make it your mission to ride out there and check it out.
  6. Drive – If you’ve tried all of this and you still desperately need to find some new surroundings to create a nice fresh ride for yourself….jump in the car and drive.  Head out to a location that you’ve never cycled before and rip it up.
  7. Dream – One step above doing point number 6 would be to fly off to somewhere like Italy or France to do some dream cycling.  I’m not sure about you, but that is definitely on my wish list right now.  I’ve been lucky enough to cycle many parts of the world, but some nice European cycling would be so cool and fresh for me.

What do you do to keep it fresh?

Enjoy Your Ride


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Sugar Alternatives for Energy and Hydration

Question: I am using the homebrew sugar formulations (sometimes added to green tea).  I am also trying to wean myself off 1/2 dose adrenalean “lip tonic delivery system” (biorhythm brand- caffeine, hoodia g, synephrine, yohimbe) capsule for energy.

My question is other than juice, can you suggest modifications in lieu of table sugar for energy and hydration.


Both raw/organic honey or agave can work great in the homebrew (substitute in the same quantities for the sugar, or to taste), but you do have to shake well in order to make sure they don’t settle out.  Have you tried either of these?  Also, make sure to use at least the minimum amount of salt recommended in the homebrew as the temps rise, you need the sodium replacement if you’re sweating.

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