Is it possible to squeeze more cycling out of your week just like Victoria Beckham always manages to squeeze more publicity out of the newspapers?
Nobody likes to be boxed into a category. But I’m going to do it anyway. See if you can spot which category you fall into. In category one is the “my wife is leaving me and keeping our cat Munch because I do nothing but go cycling”. In category two is “Spiders have made their house on my bike because I never use it”. In between those two is category three. This is “I wish I could cycle more often but I’m too busy with really really important life changing, mind blowing things such as using Twitter”.
I tend to fall into category three. Which got me thinking about how I could squeeze more cycling out of my day. After all the new years resolution for many will be to cover a certain number of miles per year. So personally for the next 21 days (which is apparently how long it takes to change a habit) I’ll aim to do a certain number of hours of cycling every day. Luckily I’ve found this cool website that let’s you track what habits you want to change and sends you an email daily asking if you achieved your target. I’m also trying to restrict myself to a maximum of one episode of the Wire per day which I’m now on the third day of failing!
Here are some things I’m trying and you too could try to squeeze more cycling into your week..
Stop making excuses
“Oh its raining”, “Oh its snowing”, “Oh its dark”, “Oh I’ve got swine flu” just won’t cut it anymore. After having cycled home from Covent Garden around 11.30pm yesterday I think that any time is good for cycling. If anything cycling around at 11pm is a good idea because the roads are more empty. Just keep away from drunk pedestrians.
Make it easier to jump on your bike
To cycle more often I need to setup everything for the bike to be good to go. This means that I know when I want to go cycling I’ll be out the door in less than 5 minutes without wasting 10 minutes looking for my cycling gloves. It has happened to me.
I don’t mean invent a machine that can pause time so you can go cycling more often. I mean cutting out the things that are using too much of your time. Maybe that is replying to emails, twittering etc. Also start thinking outside of the normal hours you would consider good for cycling.
Set mini goals
Just like when trying to cycle up a big hill setting mini-goals is a great way to motivate yourself. You could start with one hour a day and move that up to more as you achieve it.
I can’t get enough of cycling around London on new streets I’ve never seen before. There is simply so much to see and so much to take in and that is what makes me want to cycle more often.
When I don’t go cycling I definitely miss it. It gives me time to clear my head, enjoy London and improve my fitness. What sort of tips do you guys have for squeezing in that bit of extra cycling?