A proper start, oil changes and effective maintenance are the basis of longevity for every engine so then why should it not also be true for the engine that drives your bike ??
Proper preparation allows everyone to approach the practice of cycling because behind it all there is healthy fun.
A bicycle ride is not intended as a competition, these are things that come with time and grow differently in each of us and everyone, even the great champions, started with small pedal strokes, and need constant preparation to get the best of themselves.
The preparation is thus the basis for all that training, which covers many aspects and does not mean only to grind kilometers upon kilometers.
First, to start to practice cycling you must think about a fundamental aspect of yourself, your physical condition or “how is your engine??”
It is therefore necessary, indeed essential, to know the limits which, as noted, vary from person to person.
A good medical examination is a must if you want to start cycling with some consistency and seriousness. It’s a normal thing, even for those who do not cycle and think about their health, to make a periodic health examination (at least annually) and have a serious check-up and a series of tests that usually include:
- blood tests
- urine tests
- cardiac examination
Your trusted doctor is therefore the most qualified person to recommend suitable exams and a bit like the mechanic (I hope that doctors are not be offended by the comparison) carries out the checks on the engine of your car.
Thinking of starting cycling by jumping on the saddle to do hundreds of kilometers without training is definitely a bad idea.
Training means starting in small doses, getting used to staying in the saddle for example, is something that not everyone thinks about but that should not be overlooked as riding the bike does not feel only cause fatigue on the legs, each cyclist who starts a new season knows, without any doubt, how important the “callus” is for sitting.
In addition to this, of course, even the leg for its part, needs to start becoming accustomed to the effort, the resistance and the distance that we face day by day.
It will therefore be sufficient to start pedaling with constancy and alternate short trips with others which are a little longer.
Do not start immediately facing the impossible climbs but pedal loosely, ie the rotational movement of the pedal (pressing with force on the pedals only serves to weigh down the leg).
This is a good excuse to make many outings while gaining familiarity with the bike and the ride, the so-called “stretching the legs” in addition to allowing a good basis for the exercise, is also a good reason to enjoy a moment of relaxation from daily cares and let out the the eyes as well as the legs.
Work out gradually by starting on the plains, The Tourmalet can safely wait for you.
Try to be rational in the ride, even the environmental conditions are also a factor.
Insisting on going out during the hottest hours of summer, pedaling persistently trying to overcome the resistance of a windy day or pedaling hard to try to shorten the “suffering” of a climb.
Cycle tourism is essentially to be like a walk for fun, so take your time and do not rush, the watchword is SERENITY!