I’m kind of an “every day is a gift, make it great” kind of a person. That said, this New Year came with a need to personally kick-start the year and make more time to ride…perhaps I could call it a resolution. Since I have a lot on my plate (and it’s cold and snowy) I cleared out my home office and made room for new riding equipment…the closer the equipment the better!
Using my road bike as a trainer, I added a rear wheel power unit, downloaded and set up a Zwift cycling account, and used screen mirroring on my cell phone to project my rides onto my TV.
My riding gear had been stowed away since the weather turned frosty and I wanted easy access to all of my favorite gear and apparel, so I built a shelving unit, added bins, and loaded them with my favorite shorts, tops and accessories. Easy access, for a quick ride anytime!
While many spinner friends like minimal padding, I prefer a bit more, especially during the first few tender rides. My Holster Hi Rise Knickers are best for good knee warmth, a great chamois and a very comfy hi-rise waistband.
Since I am definitely feeling out of shape, I prefer riding in Terry relaxed fit jerseys and the colorful prints keep things fun. I usually grab a Soleil Flow top or Tech Flow Tee, both are easy wash and wear options!
For visual incentives, I bought a few fun spin towels, complete with pink flamingos, they are my favorite vibe of the season! Also along the incentive line, I’ve decided that a new spring kit will make the perfect reward for a winter of good personal care and fun!
To track my progress, I’ve downloaded a single page calendar, and to stay true to my goals of riding 6 days a week, I will note each ride with a red dot. At the end of May, I hope this page is a polka dot plastered page of joy!
I am committed to my plan and I know that every day I will get stronger and each ride will get better. Cheers to 2021 and doing what makes you happy and healthy!
What is your plan? Have you been riding more than ever, are you a steady rider year round, or are you looking to get going again? Feel free to share your stories, we can all learn and motivate each other for a great year ahead…
Cristine Loffredo says
I’d love to know what bike stand you are using to be able to use your own bike indoors. My husband has an older one, but it’s sooooo loud! Your input would be great.
Thanks, Cristine L.
I use kurtkinetic with the stabilizer accessory in the front.. You don’t have to remove a tire. Comes with an app if you want (works better on Apple than android)
Oh yes, my first indoor trainer was loud too! We’ve come a long way in the realistic feel and volume. My new trainer is a Tacx Flux S and it was the perfect choice for my Zwift workouts. Due to the run on gym equipment, I was thrilled to find it in stock at my local bike shop.