If you have ever looked at a person and found yourself looking out of place, you probably started by looking at their seat and thinking “What a bizarre seat!” But, that’s just the surface of the problem.
In this article I will explain what a racing nap is. You may want to download a copy of my book and take a break and enjoy a racing nap.
What is a racing nap?
A racing nap is when you enjoy leisurely time on your bicycle – not racing for the speed. In a racing nap you enjoy cycling, but do it for the purpose of training.
In simple terms, a racing nap is the equivalent to a 20 minute cycling session. In a racing nap you ride without any expectation, no time limitations and no worries about the road, the traffic, or the rain.
Your goal is to keep pedaling until you feel rested or until you reach 80%. This is a normal training session where you cycle normally for at least 20 minutes.
How to do a cycling racing nap
You start by riding at your current pace. The key here is to train on the basis of a comfortable comfort level with a comfortable speed. You could ride at the same speed you were riding on your typical day and then you may want to increase the speed, or you could just ride slower for the full 20 minutes to improve your performance.
You will probably see people getting on and off bikes on a road in front of them. This is to get used to cycling in traffic on a motorised road. Don’t think that’s going to happen during your first time racing.
After you’re comfortable with riding the bike normally, do a “comfort ride”. This is the equivalent of a 20 minute cycling session where you ride normally. Try to keep the bike comfortable.
Do the following to take you to the comfort level of a racing nap:
Slow down from your normal speed
Slow down from your comfort speed
Slow down for at least 20 mins
Don’t take any breaks
If you think you need more time, you can ride more slowly, or take more time, to see what you’ve improved and how you can keep on improving.
Training for a racing nap
In your first days cycling you will likely feel your legs get tired and it will feel like you need to turn them over every 6 minutes or so. So, what do you do?
You do some gentle stretching
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