There are a few hardcore riders who slog it out 12 months a year, but for many people, the biggest gains in fitness are to be made over summer – when the sun is shining and the rain is mainly staying away.

Getting fitter definitely means feeling better, inside and out – and you’ll notice the effects both on and off the bike.

Here are 10 signs all the summer cycling is taking it’s toll, in a good way:

 

1) You get to spend longer in bed, because it doesn’t take you as long as it used to do to cycle to work

 

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2) You’re enjoying ‘Congratulations on your QOM/KOM’ emails more often than ‘UH-OH..’ emails

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3) You can still talk to your once ‘super fit’ riding buddy – and no, they haven’t got slower

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4) You don’t have to spend your entire Saturday afternoon totalled on the sofa. In fact, you can even enjoy a long ride on Saturday AND pop out for some more miles on Sunday

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5) You’ve got muscles appearing in places you didn’t know they existed

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6) You are starting to include the words ‘hill’ and ‘enjoy’ close together

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7) The jeans you told yourself had ‘shrunk in the wash’ have become remarkably unshrunken…

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8) You add extra miles onto the routes that once had you on your knees

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9) PB. That is all. (Personal Best, not Peanut Butter).

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10) You’re smiling whilst reading this, and can’t wait to get back on your bike later today.