‘Sharpen your fo­cus’

Cycling Weekly - - Fitness - Ali Slater, Jlt-con­dor

“As the race sea­son ap­proaches, my train­ing and fo­cus slowly adapt and i be­gin work­ing on the spe­cific ar­eas that i’ve iden­ti­fied with my coach at the end of the pre­vi­ous year.

“ini­tially my train­ing is fairly low in­ten­sity; it’s more about time on the bike, build­ing gen­eral fit­ness and in­clud­ing some core ex­er­cises and stretches to help me adapt to the train­ing and avoid in­jury. it’s fairly re­laxed from a men­tal per­spec­tive, a good chance for so­cial rid­ing, then i grad­u­ally in­clude more in­ten­sity as my fit­ness builds, in­clud­ing shorter and sharper efforts as i look to get my­self ready to race.

“These efforts mean more time rid­ing on my own and i find my­self look­ing for­ward to the up­com­ing sea­son and get­ting more se­ri­ous about diet and rest. Fi­nally, with about a week to go, i’ll look to back off the train­ing and en­sure i’m fa­tigue-free. At this point, i’m fully fo­cused on the races and ex­cited to get go­ing with the team again.”

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