Spring Cleaning for the Athlete
Spring is here, the weather is turning, days are growing longer, and for most folks that means more time outside and more time to get in some training. But it also is a good idea to use spring to focus attention on a few other areas. Here is a quick list to think about.
Spring clean your nutrition, which can mean a lot of things.
Clean out the fridge and pantry of expired/past due items, and use it as an opportunity to restock with healthy choices
Cut out sugar, especially in hidden things like salad dressings and condiments
Drink more water
East more vegetables
Look into healthy food delivery plans to take your lunch to work, like Trifecta Nutrition that can save you time and make it easy to stick to healthy fuel.
Try and get a little more sleep (shoot for a consistent 8 hours or more)
Consider meditation each daily, using easy to use apps like Calm and Headspace
Foam roll every night if you are watching TV
Track metrics like resting HR and mood when you wake up, or consider a device like Whoop. The new subscription model makes it more affordable.
Don’t be afraid of rest days!
Tune up that bike (get some new cables and maybe housing, and fresh bar tape can make any bike feel showroom fresh).
Wash your helmet and shoes
Donate any old cycling kit to a good charity
Spring is a great time to de-clutter both physical objects and habits. Get things on track for a great summer!