To professional cyclists, time is everything. They count their hours spent in the saddle and their average speed during those hours. They measure time spent in each heart-rate zone and record how long it takes to recover. It's their job to use time as efficiently as possible.
Recreational cyclists also strive to be productive on the job--but because that usually means sitting at a computer, not on a saddle, their efforts often come at the expense of health and well-being. But it doesn't have to be that way: Many cyclists find they're more productive at work on the days they ride. Here are some ways to make room in your life for cycling.
PUT IT ON THE CALENDAR Each week, schedule three rides--whether you're going with your spouse, your kids, a group or alone. Let everyone in your life know that these times are a priority for you.
USE THE BUDDY SYSTEM Arranging to meet someone for a ride means you'll be less likely to blow it off when things get busy. Bonus: Riding with a friend makes the miles pass faster, too.
GO FOR THE GOAL Set a cycling-related goal and tell others about your objective. Whether you're entering a race or simply looking to lose a few pounds, the simple fact of the commitment will help you make riding a priority.
BE PREPARED Your bike should be ready to ride at all times. If you've ridden in the rain or had a flat, be sure to clean the chain or replace the spare tube and CO2 cartridge in your seat bag as soon as possible. Keep your cycling clothing and accessories in the same place so you don't have to waste time hunting for them. And if you end up with some unexpected free time, you'll be ready to roll out quickly.
This article can be found at Bicycling.com