The Clocks go Back, But Training Moves Forward

Posted Sun, 26th Oct 2014

It is a difficult time for training because it can become hard to be motivated when pretty much all of our training will take place in the dark during the week. It is critical to stick to the plan though as this is the time that we need to really increase our base fitness.

It is important to work hard right the way up to Christmas. Most of us need to lose body fat and increase our stamina. Christmas will no doubt create disruptions in the training plan, but if you have a solid six/seven weeks of training, then you can allow a week off at Christmas to recover.

To stick to a plan, you need to:

Be accountable to someone or something so that mentally you don't let them and yourself down. In my personal opinion a personal trainer or coach is the best way to do this. Not only will they help you with the training but they can also help by taking away the admin allowing you to focus on your training.

There are various websites that sell training plans but if you are looking for quality I would start at trainingpeaks.com as this is a coaching platform with plans created by qualified coaches.  

My other tip would be to write everything down. Have your plans in full view in a place that you are always in. I like to pin mine on my fridge (because I am always in it!), but also because my family and friends can see it too. I have a section that has 'target goal' and 'achieved goal' for every session I do so that everyone can see how much training I have and haven't  done helping me to be accountable to not only myself but to them as well.

I hope this will help you kick off your training and I look forward to helping you over the coming year. Any questions please forward them on to icbrightside@gmail.com.

The secret cyclist!

 

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