Winter training is hard and it's often easy to ease off on the training as the weather gets colder. Read our top 5 tips for staying motivated.
After riding in the summer sunshine, it's all too easy to ease off on the training as the weather gets colder and the early mornings, darker. Don't let your training go to waste as the clocks go back. Commit this season to continue to build on your cycling fitness.
Here are our top 5 tips below for staying motivated in the winter:
1. PLAN AN EVENT FOR THE NEW YEAR
Having something “big” to work towards is a massive motivator and keeps you focused on your training. So this weekend start researching events you would like to do next year that will challenge your current cycling ability and have a local backup plan in case Covid gets in the way again.
2. ROPE IN YOUR MATES
Riding outdoors in miserable weather can be soul-destroying on your own.
Find a group of cycling mates who will keep your spirits up when the weather turns wet and who won't mind helping fix a puncture when it’s minus 2 outside. Try to find riders of similar ability as it’s harder to be patient and ride slower when it’s cold out.
3. BE WELL SUITED AND BOOTED
Make sure you are well prepared for riding in all conditions. Having the right layers and wet weather gear will make your rides so much more enjoyable. Essential winter must have’s: A snood to keep your neck warm, a waterproof/windproof jacket, thermal winter tights, PROPER winter gloves, and overshoes. Check out all the new winter kit at Sigma Sports. "There is no such thing as bad weather- only the wrong clothes."
4. ADD IN OTHER TRAINING ELEMENTS
Winter is the perfect time to add some off-bike strength and conditioning work and indoor sessions into your weekly training plan. Adding variety will help keep you engaged whilst also improving your strength, flexibility, and balance on the bike. Don’t know where to start? Why not check out one of our online 30 day Online Programmes.
5. SET A GOAL TO ACHIEVE BY THE END OF MARCH
Break up the next 6 months into mini monthly goals that you can work towards and then make sure you reward yourself once you reach them. Think broadly and vary it up. November focus on elevation gain, December distance, and maybe January is improving your recovery habits and improving your stretching and nutrition.
Remember it's only cold when you're standing still.
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