Awareness can be defined as having the knowledge of what is happening in your environment, or being aware of your feelings at certain times. It is related to having the consciousness of something. Awareness is the ability to directly know and perceive and feel in our moments.
As much as society draws us in to getting stuff done, having the ability to stop and observe can also have a huge impact on our productivity and progression as human beings and as cyclist.
As cyclist we can often get very hung up on our goals, get frustrated we are not getting there, so here are some areas we can build awareness into out cycling to help us progress.
1. Being aware of your environments
I think one of the reasons many of us love cycling is that we get to explore loads of different environments. Thing when and where you have been most happy on the bike. Be aware of your performance in different weather conditions and also how comfortable you feel.
2. Being aware of the cyclist you ride with
One great thing about cycling can be the shared passion we have with others, which can also provide great competition. Again be aware of the strengths and weaknesses of others. If you are cycling with men, they are naturally stronger than us or cyclist that have more experience cyclist, don't beat yourself up if you are not keeping up. Likewise give yourself a pat on the back if you performed well.
On the other side of the coin, be supportive and aware of those that might be struggling.
3. Being aware of your goals
Goals are really important to keep us motivated and progressing. However, having our goals set too high or too low means they can become unachievable or just not challenging. So, it's important goals are realistic and have a clear path to attainability.
4. Being aware of your current level of fitness
Be aware of your own strengths and weaknesses of a cyclists. Cyclist and people are not built in a linear way. We can be great with our techniques on the bike, strong on the flat for example. Naturally we tend to focus on the negative first, but spend some time building up your awareness of your strengths.
5. Being aware of how you are feeling
This is probably the most important but often hardest one the build awareness on. When you are having a bad day, you are overtrained, don't give yourself a hard time. Be aware of it and act on it.
Remember your situations in life is in a constant state of change so it's important to check in with your environment and yourself in order to keep progressing.
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