The last couple of weeks the women's road racing scene has had a new buzz and energy to it. The SheRace initiative that has launched in Victoria, (which we secretly hope will eventually roll out across Australia), has definitely connected with our community. Their values of fun and inclusion have brought a much needed warmer vibe to the road racing scene.
But what happens if you don’t have that competitive bone in your body or racing isn't something you want to pursue right now?
Well, the great thing about our sport is there are some many ways to pursue your own adventure, and racing is only one way.
I am a super competitive person, but even I go through stages where I don't want to place myself on a start line and take on others in my sport. I am especially less competitive when my life is at max capacity. Or my soul is in need of some restoration. And trust me, learning to listen to heart and your body is the best lesson you can learn.
So I thought Id share with you some other goals you can add to your list that don't include racing.
Try a new discipline
There are so many disciplines of riding and all so diverse, yet fun in their own way. Each one will challenge you in a new way, and when you get a new bike or start a new discipline of cycling it takes you back to the very first moment you got your first bike. That joy and pleasure is so priceless! Also a great excuse to add another bike to your family.
Go back to why you started
What was the reason you started riding? Was it to race? For most of us it was the pure joy of riding in sunshine, exploring new places and meeting like minded beautiful people. The simple joy and freedom of being able to go anywhere you want to go and nothing can stop you. The wind in your hair and wind at your back. I challenge you to put your garmin in your pocket or even leave it at home. Get on your bike and follow you nose. Stop worrying about how far or fast you are going. Or if you have improved. Simply enjoy the journey!
Join a new riding group
One of my favourite quotes for life is “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with” . This isi so true in so many ways. But often we dont realise that if we ride with the same people we will only learn what they know, and their goals and ambitions influence ours. So join a new group. See cycling through someone else eyes. Have new conversions and expand the idea of what cycling can be to you.
We were all lucky enough to have someone support us when we started cycling. Taking time to support others in our sport will not only pay forward the gift that someone gave you but it will also reignite your love and appreciation for your sport. The absolute joy I receive from supporting others is often the best moment of my week. It also helps you appreciate the progress you have made rather than always seeing what you haven’t achieved yet.
Learn new skills
When was the last time you went out on your bike with the intention of just practicing or learning new skills? We are often so quick to focus on training and going faster, that we forget the key art of perfecting or improving skills. And the great thing is that it is a load of fun. When you go back to training, improved skills will have a massive impact on your overall riding experience. From improved efficiencies, less energy spent, improved speed, greater confidence, better bike handling ability and a lot more room to have fun!
My favorite! Why? Because there is nothing better for the soul than going on an adventure and they don't have to cost a lot either. The great thing is that adventures can be done in your way. When was the last time you jumped on your bike and followed your nose, went in search of a new cafe, or pulled open a map and set out on roads that you have never ridden. Remember you can start small and work up to bigger adventures. You can solo or you can go with an adventure buddy. The options are endless. And the adventure is yours to create! The research and planning phase for adventures is just as much fun! So go start planning and see where your bike will take you!
Keeping riding! Keep exploring! And share your adventures with us by tagging @tribalcycling in your pics. We love to see where you and your bike are off to.