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5 Worst New Year’s Resolutions For Cyclists

(upbeat music) – Now that Christmas is
over and peace on earth and goodwill to all men
has been rapidly replaced well, with hangovers. Well now we have to endure the hoo-hah and the overblown enthusiasm
that is New blimming Year. – Ho, ho, ho. – What are you even doing? It is not your season any more. Naff off. Well my chief bugbear about New Year, apart from being woken up
by fireworks at midnight, is New Year’s Resolutions. I mean they’re just silly. Surveys show that 80% of them
don’t even last ’til February. And I’ve honestly never met
anyone who’s lasted that long with their New Year’s Resolutions. Most people’s New Year’s
Resolutions on food, boozing and exercise don’t just fail, they rebound into worse behavior. So I think they all rubbish to be honest. But here’s what I think
are absolutely the worst New Year’s Resolutions for cyclists. (upbeat comedic music) And this is something that
I confess I’m guilty of. Always wanting to do more mileage, based on the common assumption
that more is better. – Common, but wrong, I would say. Because actually if you
wanna increase your fitness doing more mileage isn’t
always the best way. People that tend to up their mileage also tend to be more tired, over trained, and they fall out of love with the sport. – It’s a good point. So before you arbitrarily
decide on a mileage as your New Year’s Resolution, first have a think about why. – Yeah, if fitness is your goal then why not include some structured sessions, once or even maybe twice a week, instead of just upping your ride length. – Good idea. – Yeah. (upbeat comedic music) – So many people seem to
want to just lose weight and they set an arbitrary number of kilo’s without considering whether it’s realistic or even actually healthy. James, stop it, like you are super lean. – Emma, I’ve put two
kilos over my race weight. – Two kilos is nothing. You can’t look like a
pro-cyclist the whole time. – Well, I guess that’s true. And I guess if we’re talking about weight it’s not actually gonna make
you faster if you are lighter. – That’s exactly, so
before you set some kind of body mass goal, please
work out what’s healthy and maybe check in with
your doctor or a coach or even a nutritionist before embarking on a weight loss diet. Stop it! Go and have some cake. (sighs)
It’s good for you. (upbeat comedic music) And while we’re on the subject of diet let’s address another pet hate of mine. Clean eating. I mean, what is it anyway? Before you embark on some
kind of weird and wonderful juice diet, please consider
why you’re doing it. Because Paleo is trendy or your best friend gave up lactose. Not a great reason. And anyway, many of these
radical diets which cut out major food groups are actually
not very healthy long term. So, unless you’re allergic
to gluten or lactose there’s really no need to give them up just because it’s the first of January. And as for the people who
give up coffee for January, well, why on earth would you? I tried once and I lasted one and a half utterly miserable days. I mean, just because something is nice, and it makes you feel good, doesn’t mean it’s
automatically bad for you. (expresses delight) I mean, for sure,
moderation is a good thing but self-depravation
is not the key to life. Unless you’re a monk. (upbeat comedic music) Don’t, for your New Year’s Resolution, decide to try out a new discipline. It’s simply downright dangerous. Stick to what you know and love. Or even to what you know and hate. Because the cycling you
know you don’t enjoy is still better than the cycling you don’t yet know you don’t enjoy. Which might also injure you. – [James] You still a bit
bitter from not winning that cross-race, Emma? – [Emma] No, of course not. I loved getting a kicking and falling off and coming nearly last. – [James] (chuckles) Sure you did. Now, well of course, the
thing that you really must avoid is crossing the dark side and deciding to do a triathlon. (screaming) – [Emma] Not because there’s anything actually wrong with triathlon. I’m quite a fan actually. Just because it’s a totally essential meme of cyclists to despise triathletes. And if you become one,
well, well then how will you be able to casually
mock all triathletes in conversation with your cycling buddies. Trust me, I know how
difficult this paradox feels when, as a cyclist, you have to admit that you’ve also tried a triathlon. – [James] Oh yeah, I have
actually done a triathlon. – [Emma] Yeah, it’s
embarrassing, isn’t it? – [James] Yeah. (upbeat comedic music) – Somebody suggested to me that their New Year’s Resolution was
to not buy a new bike. Which seems strange to me
because if you really want or need a bike then, then buy the bike. And if buying bikes is a bad habit well that suggests that you have some serious budgeting issues. Or maybe you’re just
really rich, in which case, well, buy the bike. – Buy the bike. It’ll be nice, fast, shiny, oooh exciting. – No, no, no, no, no. You’ve already got a nice new bike. It’s ever so shiny and pretty. And what about the budget? What about the family
holiday that you’re going on? – No, no. Don’t worry about the budget. You’ll be happy if you buy the bike. (upbeat comedic music) – Now don’t get me wrong. If you have your heart set
on a particular challenge or a big event, then go for it with passion and enthusiasm. But don’t choose that race at 11:45 PM on New Year’s Eve, after
seven pints of beer and with all your friends egging you on. Because that is unlikely to
lead to a sensible target. Olly? – Okay, I’ll admit after several pints Everesting did seem like a brilliant idea. But, well, I’m glad I did it. – Yeah, I mean, to do you
credit, you did finish. And it was amazing. But, while we’re at it,
I mean you don’t actually have to have a goal at all in cycling. I find it a bit sad that people ask you what your target is and
if you don’t have anything they kind of look at you and say, well, why do you ride? – Well sometimes it’s
enough to just go out on your bike because you want to. Because it’s fun. The problem psychologically with goals is if that you relate
to them in the wrong way then they delay happiness. They imply that you can’t be happy until you’ve achieved them. But hey, once you’ve won a
race or lost two kilograms then you’ll be happy. – That’s fundamentally a pretty sad way to go through life. So, try to celebrate the here and now. Be compassionate to yourself. Enjoy the Sunday club ride with your mates and sure, use it to
train for an Everesting, if that’s what you want to do. But don’t make it your be all and end all. So am I saying don’t make resolutions and work towards being a better you? No, of course not. But it doesn’t have to be
about the first of January. I mean, everyday is a new start after all. And remember that it’s about the process, the journey, if you like. Because if we only ever
think about the destination, and a binary measure
of success or failure, based on an arbitrary and
potentially unrealistic goal, then most of us are doomed to failure. I mean, not because we’re weak but because we’re human, and not robots. Most importantly, think carefully about what will make you a healthier and a happier you. So with that in mind,
Happy New Year everyone. May you enjoy a wonderful
year of cycling in 2019. Feel free to share this
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