Spring for­ward

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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.

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