Did you spend too little time on the trainer and too much time eating pumpkin pie this winter?. Now that the weather is finally turning and the Holidays have passed, are you ready to get out and ride? How’s your motivation? Here are our top 4 ways to get yourself motivated for the riding season (in no particular order).
1) Get a fitness app.
There are a number of apps to choose from. We here at the shop are partial to Strava because it is geared towards the racer who is seeking results. Fitness apps provide a well organized and easy to use exercise journal. They monitor your progress and help you set goals. The next best thing to riding is being able to look back on your ride and see what you accomplished.
If you don’t have a smartphone, there are other ways to record your rides. A GPS cycling computer such as a Garmin 510 can easily be mounted on your bike and later recorded data can be uploaded onto your favorite fitness app online. Many cycling computers are able to sync up with wireless cadence sensors and heart rate monitors. Stop by the shop and we’ll be happy to show you some great options.
3) Clean and Tune up Your Bike
Cycling is only enjoyable if your bike and gear are functioning properly. Dust off the cobwebs and bring your bike in for a spring tune-up so that you can enjoy your exercise.
4) Get a New Bike!
You might find this crazy, but nothing motivates like a new bike. Sell your old bike and come grab a new one. The same principle can be applied to new gear. Come grab some new shorts, gloves, shoes, pedals, helmet, etc…All these things are going to enhance your riding experience and are guaranteed to add some motivation.
What motivates you to ride? Sound off in the comments, and remember:
Just like the favorite cowboy hat that we found out the we were wearing backwards, heart rate monitors can be used incorrectly and we may not even notice.
There is almost a guarantee that a heart rate monitor will stay in the “toy-gadget” unless you learn how to make it accurate and most effective towards your goals.
For you to know how the bang for everyone of your bucks here is a list of the 2 most commonly made mistakes thanks to Matt Fitzgerald at Competitor.com:
Mistake 1.)Using the formula 220-Age to determine your maximum heart rate. We covered this in the last post but it needs to be 205 – (.5 x age). It is important to get one of the most important measurements right.
Mistake 2.) Using a heart rate monitor for interval (short and fast) work outs. You all know what jet lag is, well there is such thing as cardio lag. If the workout is too short your heart rate monitor will say you are in Paris when your heart rate is on New York time. Just like your body when traveling, you monitor needs time to sync with your heart.
Knowing what you do about heart rate monitors and the benefits as well as limitations we should take to heart (no pun intended) what my mother often told me:start savin!- Dont buy something only because it is the cheapest but because it has what you need. If you buy cheap things that is all you can expect from them.
the inexpensive ones will measure your heart rate but most likely won’t include the sensors needed or be compatible with bicycles
Garmin products allow for a GPS product as well as a heart rate monitor
the difference for men’s and women’s heart rate monitors are the colors
When scrolling through the different monitors they show what other products are compatible but most likely aren’t included in the price
A good question to ask yourself is if it is important to be able to upload your workout information onto you computer. If so you will need to spend a little more.
Garmin, Suunto and Polar are the ones that have an attachment for your bike
And this we come to the end of our Heart Rate Monitor saga. Thanks for coming by to learn more of what we hope was helpful information. If you cant find info on a topic of your interest please pose the question and we will answer it.
The GPS bike computers could definitely be considered extravagant when they first came out. Most people didn’t even have them for their cars and GPS on smart phones were booming. With time the features on the GPS bike computers have evolved and simultaneously the ways to share those features also evolved. In the past 5 years a now popular platform was created that essential is a Facebook for bikers/runners. Strava has tens of thousands of users now that allow a competitive experience without have to be physically at the same place.
Garmin has dominated the GPS bike computer market and has made it very easy to upload your ride. The information that you can retrieve with the use of a GPS bike computer include heart rate, distance, WATTs(the power that is being expended while peddling), elevation changes, weather. Each one of these categories can be extremely helpful in how one can improve their performance.
The Garmin products allow you to upload this information to Strava giving you the ability to compare rides and measure progress. Your rides can be shared and invitations can be made for people to join your ride. Groups can train regardless of the location for an event. You can follow the profile of pros and even ride the same courses and see how you match up.
If a GPS bike computer doesn’t sound helpful to you then you can try using your smartphone with a Strava app for android or apple. The accuracy of a smartphone will suffer but it will allow you to start your Strava account and see how helpful it is to you and your training efforts.
At Noble Sports we have various Garmin GPS bike computers including the 500. During the month of July Garmin is offering a 50 dollar rebate on the 500 as well. That will put the 500 under $300. Please come into the shop and check one out.