Cycle Up a Hill easier and Without Getting Exhausted
Cycling uphill, as any cyclist will tell you, is the Joker to your Batman. Beating him is awesome, but you’d never want him to disappear forever, because where would the pleasure be in that? Here are our thoughts to help you overcome those hills and with enough energy to enjoy the achievement, without feeling like you wished a hospital was just over the hill.
Calmly does it
If you use a heart monitor, strap it on, sit somewhere quiet and check what pulse you have achieved at rest. The next step is to grit your teeth, clench your fists and think of a stressful time at work when nothing went your way. How much did your heart rate increase by having just made a few small movements and by thinking differently? When you are climbing a hill you need all your energy to be focused on the task in hand, getting to the top, with energy to spare. The next step is to sit somewhere quiet, note your heart rate and relax your body entirely, working your mind through every part of your body, relaxing each body part in turn – ‘My hands are relaxed, my forearms are relaxed, and so on’. And cast your mind to a place where you felt calmest, relaxed, with not a care in the world. The difference between your stressed heart rate and your clam heart rate is the energy that will help you cycle up a hill easier.
Onto your bike - As you approach the hill put your mind and body in the relaxed place that you achieved in a quiet place, allowing all your energy to be focused on the task in hand. Almost achieving meditative state as you ride.
Everything in life is created twice
When Sir Christopher Wren designed St Paul’s Cathedral, or Mohammed Ali won his big fights, or Richard Branson overcame BA to get a transatlantic route, they had all seen it before – In their minds. We have all heard stories of what they mind can do and it is truly amazing. Let’s use it to achieve some closer-to-home goals first of all.
Sit in a quiet place, with your eyes shut, and spend a few minutes just focusing on listening to your breathing. Tune into your breaths and find a peace with just being by yourself and tuning out the world around you. Now play a video in your mind of you at your hill. Notice how you feel and accept those feelings of ‘I can’t’ and replace them with ‘I can’. Play each step of the video through in your mind with a positive feeling, seeing yourself climbing the hill with ease, working through any exhaustion, burning thighs and feeling of ‘no chance’. As you achieve the other side, recognise your feelings and rejoice in how it feels to have got to the top easily.
Write down your goal, relating to this hill. A goal must have 3 P’s; Positive, Present and Personal. Mohammed Ali is the best example of this – ‘I am the greatest’. Your goal might be written as ‘I am at the top of hill x, achieved in x time, and with so much energy to spare. I am very happy’. Pin this page up on a cupboard that you see when you brush your teeth and retrieve what it feels like to have climbed the hill with ease and with energy to spare.
A little help to make it easier
There are many sports supplements now available to help cyclists achieve more. From energy gels to protein drinks to vitamins to ‘you name it, there it is’, and with a new supplement coming onto the market every week, where do you start?
The latest ‘kid on the block’ is booost oxygen. A very different type of supplement to all the others because it is not a variation of a powder, a drink or a gel, but 99.5% pure oxygen with 0.5% natural peppermint flavouring. Research by 2 British PhD scientists showed that hyperoxia – the use of a higher percentage of oxygen – increased exercise performance by +18.7%. And being a natural sports supplement with no calories, sugar or any after-use crash, it’s worth a try. Plus they have a money back guarantee.