September 27, 2012

The Importance Of Taking Time Off From Training

So you have been preparing all season for L’Etape or La Marmotte (which you successfully dragged your body around) or you’ve been racing hard and now the weather has decided that the season is over!  Some of you have some late season races, winter crits, hill-climbs or sportives of course as cycling has become so popular that it really is a year-round sport now.  For the rest of us however, a break now will really do us the world of good before we start preparing for next year.

Here is an example of how you might do this (as getting a cyclist to do nothing is a difficult challenge even in this weather!):

1.  Take 2 weeks off the bike – there you go we’ve said it, please don’t click over to another website just out of principle we promise you’ll be a better rider for it .  If you want to stay active do so but we want you to miss the bike a bit so you can’t wait to get back on it.

By the way if your season involved one 2-hour ride every 4th Sunday then please please ignore point 1 above!

2. Ride for the next month without putting any pressure on yourself:

– If you feel like having a few beers and giving the ride a miss the following day then do so.

– If you fancy mountain biking, running, swimming, going to the gym instead then do just that.

– If you want to go hard go hard, if you want to go easy go easy, probably best not to record any data though, just enjoy.

– If you’re always flying from A to B then throw in a few cafe stops, don’t get too cold though.

– Don’t try to improve during this period, just enjoy.

3.  Think about what you’d like to achieve in 2013 and start planning so that when you do start training again you know what you’re training for.

4. Now you’re both mentally and physically fresh you can start training again – that’s if the road isn’t covered in 6 inches of snow by then!

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