Mayne you want to climb up the results sheet and hit the top step of your local race or just get your best results ever? Maybe you just want to feel stronger for your summer holiday in Morzine.
The good news is that it doesn’t need to be complicated. I’m a big believer in keeping things simple, so I wanted to give you some advice to help you map out your training over the next few months…
“it doesn’t need to be complicated.
I’m a big believer in keeping things simple”
1. Work out how much time you actually have.
Be realistic. Think long term, not just about January.
It must be sustainable for your work/life balance and be sustainable in terms of your personal relationships.
Ask yourself how much time you have to ride, to train your fitness and still live a normal healthy life. Don’t just think about now when it’s quiet in the winter, think about your busiest time of the year also.
Try to be specific and set aside times in your diary that you can dedicate to training. This might be a time you’re otherwise sat on the sofa watching Netflix or it might be that you change one of your regular rides to be more focussed on improving skills or fitness.
2. Be honest – what do you need to work on the most?
Take some time to evaluate yourself. Work out what you need to do to improve the most.
Is it strength, core, climbing, body composition (are you carrying too much fat from Christmas?), grip, or skills that hold you back and restrict your riding?
Write a list of these things. We want to work on these between now and the spring before it all kicks off.
If you’re unsure maybe chat to your mates who you ride with and use them for a bit of advice.
3. Break your time down into 4 week blocks.
Get a calendar.
Each block will be 3 weeks of training then 1 easier recovery week where you rest more and train less.
Also account for things like family holidays and don’t stress if a couple of these training blocks are 3 or 5 weeks long to fit around other things.