Yesterday was my 54th birthday, and I will be the first to acknowledge that I’m a very fortunate man. I have a wonderful family, a thriving business I’m passionate about, and I’m still enjoying cycling and endurance sports without any significant restrictions. One of the best parts of celebrating my birthday this year was going for a nice road ride with my beautiful wife on a warm fall afternoon in the mountains. (She took the photo above, and the guys in the office added the message and posted it for me.) Riding my bike has almost always factored into my birthday celebrations, and here are six ways you can celebrate your birthday on your bicycle:
Ride your age in miles or kilometers
This is a classic birthday challenge for cyclists. Go out and ride your age in miles, or if you want to make it shorter you can ride your age in kilometers! Either way, these rides are a great excuse to get a bunch of friends together for a spirited group ride. This obviously becomes more of a challenge as you get older. I’ll have to ask CTS Athlete Fred Schmid if he rode 81 miles on his most recent birthday!
Ride with your kids or better half
Cycling on your birthday doesn’t need to be about training or setting a new benchmark. It can also be about spending valuable time with loved ones doing something you (and hopefully they) really enjoy. This year I rode with my wife. In years past I’ve ridden mountain bikes with my son, townies with his older sister, and I’m looking forward to going on birthday rides with my youngest daughter in the years to come.
Sign up for adventure
I first raced La Rute de los Conquistadores to celebrate my 50th birthday, and there’s almost always someone at every CTS Bucket List event who is there celebrating his or her birthday with a major endurance challenge. Have a birthday coming up? Go to Chile in January to race the Trans Andes Challenge. Or come with me to Belgium in April to ride the Tour of Flanders Sportive and Paris-Roubaix Challenge as part of the Belgium Classics Experience!
Multiply your age time 100 and climb that many feet
For the climbers out there, here’s a slightly different challenge. Multiply your age by 100 and go climb that number of feet during a single ride. In my case that would mean climbing 5400 feet during a single ride. Doable, but definitely challenging!
Birthday lunch/beer ride
When you don’t have time to go out and ride your age in miles or vertical gain, gather your cycling buddies for a quick lunch ride or post-work beer ride. Ride for an hour or however long you want to, and either stop for a nice lunch on the ride or when you finish. Around the office this has been extended to bachelor parties as well; a great ride with friends instead of a night at the club.
Workout: The Birthday Time Trial
For the time-crunched cyclists who like to push themselves on their birthday, here’s a workout for you. Warm up, and then ride a time trial for your age in minutes. For me that would be a 54-minute time trial. As you get older your goal should be to cover at least the same distance as the year before. You have one more minute to cover the same distance as last year, but have you stayed fit over the past 12 months?
Have a great weekend!
CEO/Head Coach of CTS