With spring rapidly approaching and summer just beyond that, cross country cycling is gearing up full steam. Bike enthusiasts are looking to take those long biking trips that will get them out on the open roads to see and do things they wouldn’t get to experience by any other mode of transportation.
Not to be confused with cross-country cycling that is defined by the type of terrain bikes travel on, cross country cycling is just that. It means getting on a bike and peddling as far as you can go, all the way across country if you have it in you!
Cycling enthusiasts may not make it all the way across the USA from coast to coast but they will surely be cycling for days, or weeks on end. Even the most athletic and experienced cyclists can fall prey to muscle cramps and pains on long journeys, so it helps to know a few tips for getting much-needed relief.
Hydration Is Your #1 Preventative
Perhaps the best way to ‘relieve’ muscle cramps and pain would be to try to prevent them in the first place. Always carry sufficient water so that you can stop periodically to down several ounces as you feel perspiration depleting your levels of hydration. You may also wish to use sports drinks that have electrolytes that are proven to keep you hydrated. Even so, in the heat of the summer, you can quickly be struck with muscle cramps due to lack of adequate hydration.
Lightweight, Mobile Therapeutic Devices
Some cross-country cyclists carry super light-weight therapeutic devices like the rechargeable Theragun. With a small solar charger, it is possible to get the benefit of instant relief from a handheld Theragun prime device. These devices work on percussive therapy, which stimulates muscles and works to relax and soothe away the tension built up from hours of cycling. Various models of Theragun can be found on the SSENSE website where you will be able to find a model that will fit nicely into your bike pack. While you are at it, you might also want to check out deals on athletic clothing and accessories to wear on your cross-country trip.
Break as Often as Necessary
Also, since you are on a long bicycle trip, is there really any hurry? If you feel your body wearing down and the muscle cramps begin to set in, just stop to refresh for a while. It’s not like you are late for punching the clock at work so take any and as many breaks as you need to in order to soothe and rest those aching muscles. One thing that is suggested, however, is that you also do a few stretches the moment you get off your bike. This will help to prevent further cramping and will stretch those muscles so that they can get the most out of your percussive therapy when applied.
If this is the first time ever that you are going on a long bike trip, take the time to learn how to pack lightly, prepare for those typical aches and pains and what to do if you can’t get as far as you had intended in a timespan you had laid out. It’s better to be prepared for unexpected delays such as those that pain can cause than to be blindsided by the pain when it sets in.
When it comes to planning for an upcoming trip, there are several items you must check off your travel to-do list. Finding the best travel insurance provider for you, however, should top your list of priorities. By doing so, you can be reassured that the health of yourself and your loved ones is in good hands throughout the duration of your trip. Continue reading to find out everything you need to know.
Do your research
As is the case when organising any type of insurance or just planning a holiday in general, you must do your research beforehand. This includes researching providers in your local area, providers that specialise in a particular type of coverage, and providers that have high customer ratings. By doing so, you should be able to find a travel insurance provider with a sufficient level of coverage to suit you and your family’s individual lifestyle and budget and enjoy a stress-free trip from start to finish.
Choose between single or annual coverage
As well as doing your research, you must also choose between single and annual coverage. Which option you choose depends on a number of factors including how often you travel and how long you intend to stay at your travel destination. If you only plan to travel no more than twice in the next 12 months, for example, single coverage should suffice. If you plan to travel multiple times in the next 12 months or are a frequent flyer, on the other hand, annual coverage is likely to save you a great deal of time and money.
Assess your medical history
Before you begin the process of finding the best travel insurance provider for you, you must assess your medical history. This may sound like an obvious point, but it can have a dramatic impact on the level of coverage you are offered. If you suffer from a medical condition, a top-rated travel insurance provider should be able to explain the process from start to finish and discuss your available options with you. For example, Staysure have a good range of travel insurance options for travellers with pre-existing medical conditions with no upper age limit.
Ask a broker for help
If you are struggling to navigate the process of finding the best travel insurance provider for you or just need a helping hand, a broker should be able to point you in the right direction and answer any niggling questions or queries you may have. In the UK, for example, you can get in touch with the British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA) for help and advice or to ask for a suitable recommendation. They can provide you with the contact information of a broker to suit your individual lifestyle and budget and get you on your way to ensuring you and your loved ones are sufficiently protected.
Check if you already have travel insurance
Before you begin the process of finding the best travel insurance provider for you, you must find out if you already have travel insurance. This may sound like a strange point but with a growing number of bank account packages now offering travel insurance as an added extra, you must ensure you are sufficiently covered for the travel destination you intend to visit before making any assumptions.
If you are in the process of planning a trip, you must organise travel insurance at the earliest convenience. But if you are unfamiliar with how to do so, there are several factors you must consider. For example, you should do your research, choose between single or annual coverage, assess your medical history, ask a broker for help, and check if you already have travel insurance.
My name is Colin Baird and I want to see all of Scotland by bicycle.