So after training hard and doing my first two races ever, I decided to give myself little break before beginning my winter training. It is a good idea to do this at the end of your season, if you want to know why then read this great article by Total Women’s Cycling, End of Season Break: Why Every Rider Should Respect the Tradition. I had only done two races which is a very short season but I had trained hard in the lead up and was tired so I decided it was time for a little break mentally and physically. I love riding my bike and it’s easy to just keep doing things that you love, so I scheduled in a few things that I often find it difficult to find time for like visiting an old friend.
The plan was to do a few gentle rides during the week and have the weekends off the bike. However I had a bit of a cold for my second race and although it wasn’t very bad, racing with it didn’t aid my recovery! So I had that week with no training rides whatsoever. I live a very active lifestyle though so my idea of resting still included at least 2 hours of yoga a day and commuting to work on my bike as well as teaching yoga full time. My body is used to this level of activity so it managed to recover from the cold without developing a cough, well done body!
Having all that time off my bike gave me some perspective on my training and my life in general. I have been so busy this year and I have loved every moment of it but it was nice to find some time to reflect and getting a bigger perspective on what I wanted to achieve. I dug out a book I bought on Base Training for Cyclists and started to read. I read this book last winter, but this year I felt more ready for it. I am a bit of geek when it comes to training. I love planning it and thinking about it almost as much as I like doing it. As a yoga teacher I have always been fascinated by how the body works and will happily devour any information I get on training and then think about it in my own terms.
The book was a perfect read for my two week break. It encouraged me to set some clear goals for next season which I have now done, mostly time goals for hills including goals for the two hills I raced up. I am also planning to do some 10 mile time trials. There is a really helpful table that shows you how much time you should be training during each training phase and each week based on the maximum hours you can spend training. Everyone has a limit to how much training they can do, either in terms of available time or fitness. I found this really useful and have created a very rough plan for the whole year! Inspired I went into town to find a nice notebook to use as a training diary and found this great cycling notebook at Paperchase, it even has zoom written on it, perfect!
So last week I did a couple of shortish rides and a short ride at the weekend in wonderful autumn weather. Hoping to start my new training plan today and am raring to go!
Have you or will you take an end of season break. Do you plan to continue training though the winter? Do you follow a structured training plan or just ride however you feel like?