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8 Terrible New Year’s Resolutions For Cyclists

– [Simon] January the 1st, a new year, time to put your best foot
forward and set some goals. Except, you will need to be careful because some New Years Resolutions are plain and simply a bad idea, almost impossible to stick to. Coming up, here’s some of the worst. (upbeat music) For some reason, a lot of us cyclists feel that we should start
running in the winter, and it might be a good idea. But while I would like to say that it wouldn’t do
you any harm, it might. Because the trouble is as bike riders it’s almost instilled
in us that any exercise lasting less than an hour
just simply isn’t worth doing. So we duly dust off our
trainers, head out the door, and then can’t walk let alone
run for the rest of the week. So if you do decide that
you want to start running, do it slowly. Begin with just 15 minutes
of running at a time. You will be amazed at what you can achieve in that short space of time. Plus, you will quickly see progression. And then hopefully see the light that actually bike riding
was better all along. (upbeat music) Ah, riding with faster riders. This one sounds good. It’s a recipe for making you faster. Eventually, perhaps, or actually all that pain and
suffering inflicted on you may well just make you sell
your cycling kit on Ebay because the enjoyment
of riding has now gone. So how do you do it? Balance. Some rides you can do with
people faster than you, others you want to do with
people of a similar ability. Some perhaps you want to do on your own. The key is to set goals
that are achievable for you. Because it’s all very well trying to ride with faster riders, but
you’re not going to get fitter if you’ve actually just been dropped. (upbeat music) Toughen up, there’s no
such thing as bad weather, only bad equipment. Your New Year’s Resolution
is to ride day in, day out, no matter what the elements throw at you. And yes you will probably get stronger, but can you do it beyond
the fourth week in January? Yes. It’s a tough one. Riding in wet weather
is probably inevitable, but day in, day out, it can
start to sap your enthusiasm. So, you could hibernate
and spend all winter on the indoor trainer, but actually why not mix
things up a little bit? If you do shorter, harder
rides in wet weather, you will stay warmer, get fitter, and crucially, come home sooner. Plus, throw in a bit of
off-road riding as well, maybe dabble in cylo-cross,
and that too can also be fun. ‘Cause if you go out the door expecting to get wet and muddy, it’s not so bad. Oh, and the last point,
Lloyd-y doesn’t think it’s that bad being a
fair-weather cyclist either. And if you live in California
I’m inclined to agree. (upbeat music) Everesting. You know what that is? Ah, you think it’s Dan’s
style of training, do you? Ever-resting. Yeah, I see what you did there. No, not even close actually. Everesting is where a cyclist has to climb the equivalent height of Mount Everest, or 8,848 meters of it, in a single day, in a single ride, on a single climb. Up and down. And up and down. And so on. Now, a cool fact, it was actually invented by the grandson of George
Mallory, the famous mountaineer, himself actually called George as well, who rode up and down a 1,069 meter climb eight times and the challenge was born. In fact, it’s even got its own website. And undoubtedly, it’s
an amazing achievement. Brutally hard, but also quite restrictive. So why not do it on different climbs? In fact, here’s a new challenge for you. Climbing the equivalent
height of Mount Everest without repeating a single climb. Oh yeah, now that’s something
I could sign up for. Maybe just not as a New Years resolution. (upbeat music) A press up for each and every day. Now I include this because
weirdly it was something that Lloyd-y actually
attempted a few years ago. You do one press up and one
sit up on January the 1st, something he achieved. You then do two on January the 2nd, three on January the 3rd, and so on. And to be fair to the lad,
he lasted until mid-April, but by that point the toll of having to do over a hundred of each on every single day took its, well, toll, and he cracked. Plus, he also sustained an arm injury. Worse than that though, his arms still hadn’t got any bigger at all. But then even worse than that, had they got bigger he actually wouldn’t have been as good on his bike. So really Dan, what was the point in that? (upbeat music) One resolution that many
of us will try to make is to give up something or things that we think is bad for us. So alcohol could be one example. Fast food is another. Chocolate, cake even dare I say it. Now, whilst giving
those things up may well make us a little bit
healthier, is it realistic? Probably not, no. Who would want, after
all, to give up something that might make you a little
bit happier in January. Which could well be one of the
bleakest months of the year. In fact that’s a good point actually, we should probably try
making resolutions in June, when we’re more likely to stick to them. Or indeed, just go to
the southern hemisphere. Let us know in the comment section if you live in the southern hemisphere and in fact you find New Years resolutions easier to stick to because it’s sunny. Anyway, back to the original point. Rather than giving things up entirely, why not just have them in moderation? Probably healthier for you overall. Think of things as treats instead of just an everyday staple. (upbeat music) Cadence, or how fast
you pedal when cycling, is one of those cycling topics that’s always weirdly controversial. You can blame Lance Armstrong for it. You can blame him for
many things actually, but for this case it’s
because of his superhuman FTP which meant that he had to
spin a really fast cadence. But then that was something that we were all encouraged to copy. And the trouble is, pedaling
dynamics isn’t that simple. Far from it, in fact. And so while it may sound like a good idea to focus this year on
pedaling a little bit quicker, it may well not be. It might be a bit of a waste of time. (upbeat music) Ride miles this year. Now a target of how much
you want to ride this year could be a really positive thing. But, try and move away from attributing quality to miles, or kilometers. Because some of the very best
rides can also be slow rides where you might not do very many miles. It may be because you are laboring through the Alps up epic climbs. Or maybe because you’re riding
gravel instead of tarmac. Or maybe actually, it’s
not a slow ride at all, it’s a really fast ride but just shorter. Like you’ve raced the criterium instead of doing your local club run. Plus, there’s a very real risk that just cranking out kilometers could well just make you a little bit tired and more than likely, a little bit slow. So, try to move away from
measuring the quantity of your rides in kilometers or miles and instead try and think of
a currency based around fun. Smiles instead of miles, there you go. You can have that for free. So there are the eight
New Years resolutions we think you should avoid. Make sure you let us know
in the comment section if there are any others
that you would red flag, but also let us know of
any New Years resolutions that have actually worked for you. Have they revolutionized your cycling? Or indeed, have they changed your life? Really would love to read those so make sure you get it stuck in in the comment section down below. Also give this video a big thumbs-up and if you would like to watch another one what about weird things
that pro-cyclists do. That one is just onscreen now.

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