This week former fitness editor Dave Smith makes a return to the pages of CW. He’s got nine, very simple, very straightforward ways to help you get race-fit for spring, which if you’re counting the days, like I am, you’ll know is only five or six weeks away.
Even if you’re not looking to race this year, spring is a great time to be fit. Don’t put it off like I used to. One of my worst habits as part of my training was delaying reaching any kind of peak form.
With one eye on the sunny summer weather I’d reason March was too early to be race-fit. Then April would quickly come around and I’d get a cold, or a race would be cancelled due to weather (the perils of racing at Crystal Palace crits and Herne Hill) or I’d have a family or work commitment. Before I knew it I was halfway through May, summer had almost arrived, and I’d only done a couple of races whereas everyone else was flying fit.
The lesson I learned is you’ve just got to get stuck in as soon as possible. Whether it’s road racing, time trials, endurance events or just big rides with your mates, the harder you work now, the more you’ll get out of your spring and summer.