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Peptalk time: Get back on that bike!

You took a break from the Rides for a while. We understand. Sometimes you just have to loosen up. It's actually quite healthy. But to let go of your workouts completely is not the best for your mind nor your body. So now it's time to get back in the workout rhythm. And that can seem a bit more challenging than when you started for the first time. It's ok. Don't be scared. Depending on how long the break from working out was, the results you worked so hard to achieve may have faded away. And the momentum you built may have decreased in level of energy. But good news: it does not matter whether you’ve missed a week, a month, or several months of classes. You still have it all in you. You just have to move forward. Don't pay attention to any feelings of frustration. They won’t help you get back into the routine. It was actually a good thing you haven't done anything in a while. You had all the time to have fun and now you're ready to take the next step. That is all that matters. So be proud of your brake and look back at it with a smile. Now shake off any sense of guilt and let's get to work. Or even better, let's do it together. Regardless of where you find yourself right now — having missed a week of workouts or you haven’t done any structured exercise in a year or more — the next step is the same: start immediately. Get back to feeding the workout habit. Build up your rides in levels of intensity. Combine different times and different instructors, just so you get to feel the rhythm again, and experience the varoius emotions. And don't be afraid, it's ok to get mad or angry or also very happy. It's all part of the game. You're fighting you're way back in! Ease into it. Focus on using efficient technique and get reacquainted with what it feels like to push yourself as hard as you can. The sky is the limit