Train­ing Tips

Avoid the mid­sum­mer slump and keep rid­ing well to the end of the sea­son

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - CONTENTS - By An­drew Ran­dell and Steve Neal of The Cy­cling Gym

How to stay fresh all sum­mer

Stay­ing mo­ti­vated through­out the full sea­son is a big chal­lenge, even for the best rid­ers in the world. Many of us start off our win­ter train­ing with loads of mo­ti­va­tion. We dream of big rides and lofty goals. By mid­sum­mer, this mo­ti­va­tion can of­ten be flag­ging. We find our­selves strug­gling to get out on the bike. Yet, this is the time of year we should be en­joy­ing rid­ing the most. To keep you from fall­ing into a mid­sum­mer slump, here are some ideas to keep you pas­sion­ate about get­ting out on your bike.

Try switch­ing dis­ci­plines within your sport. For in­stance, if you are a roadie, hit up some trails on the moun­tain bike. Or vice versa. A change of metaphor­i­cal scenery can do won­ders. Even bet­ter: an ac­tual change of scenery can be a real in­spi­ra­tion. Think about plan­ning a long-week­end get­away, such as a mini-train­ing camp on some new roads in an area that you have never ex­plored. Also, put aside your head unit and just en­joy rid­ing. Don’t worry about heart rate, power num­bers or Strava. These can of­ten be detri­men­tal to your en­joy­ment of a beau­ti­ful sum­mer’s day. Fi­nally, from a train­ing per­spec­tive, you might sim­ply need a bit of time off. Think about not rid­ing for one week­end, maybe tak­ing a break from that group ride.

Think back to the rid­ing you’ve been do­ing to date. You prob­a­bly trained with some dis­ci­pline all win­ter and then started do­ing group rides once the weather im­proved. Group rides of­ten turn into mini-races. If you’ve been do­ing them a cou­ple of times a week all sum­mer that means that you have been rac­ing two or three times each week. We warn ev­ery­one at the gym to man­age their ef­forts and be care­ful not to overdo their group-ride rac­ing. Even the pros get tired when they race too much. So, skip that ham­mer­fest for a week or two. Do a cou­ple of weeks of sim­ply rid­ing, en­joy­ing the scenery with some like-minded com­pany. Then, re­fo­cus on your end-of-sea­son goals.

Plan out a mini-block of train­ing to get your legs feel­ing race-ready again. Per­haps some tempo and mi­croin­t­er­vals. You want to do just enough to feel spritely, but don’t overdo it and put your­self back in that fa­tigued hole.

Sum­mer­time is when we all should be do­ing the most rid­ing. Change up a few small de­tails to find some new in­ter­est in your sport. En­joy the rest of the sea­son. Some of the best rid­ing is yet to come.

“Heart rate, power num­bers or Strava – these can of­ten be detri­men­tal to your en­joy­ment of a beau­ti­ful sum­mer’s day.”

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