We all know that after a long season, be it competing, ciclotourist or just a weekend cyclist, everybody needs some downtime. The pro’s season ends in October, and they generally take November off. That is forced on them, due to their calendars. But what about us mere mortals? When is the best time to give the body a rest? Taking everything into consideration, I have always found that starting the training before Christmas, is always the best idea.
Starting the training before Christmas
The end of the summer now is generally classed as September/October. Due to the congested calender, many decent ciclosportives are moving their dates towards the back end of the season. Also, an early autumn holiday is also very popular. Indeed, here at Cycling Galicia, we can heavily recommend late September as an ideal time for you cycling holidays in Spain. The weather is excellent, and we can tailor make any trip to suit your needs. It is a perfect way to end the year and take that much needed November rest. And it will set you up to start the training before Christmas.
Getting back on the bike
December is a tough time to think about the bike. Christmas now seems to start in August, but come December, it is a major part of all our lives. We know, that despite best intentions, the food and drink will flow. The pounds will pile on, and the body won’t fancy riding. Therefore, starting the training before Christmas is vital. Leave it through the festive period, and you won’t want to return to the hard work. Start before, and that bit of form that you will capture, will help to cure your excesses. The training must be kept simple. Easy rides, plenty of cadence, any climbing done at a steady pace. It is the month to tick over physically. When January arrives, you are ready to step it up, not start out.
It is more mental than physical
The beginning of the training is more mental than physical. In Europe, the weather is never the best, but every opportunity to get out should be taken. It really is purely body maintenance that December requires. Don’t go crazy, just don’t let yourself fall into the trap of putting off a ride. I always find that going out in a small group is better than on your own. Thus, you can make sure that you all chat away, and don’t exert yourselves too much. The hard kms will be mid-January through to end of February. December is a time to celebrate, to enjoy. That can include the bike, and those 3 or 4kg less come New Year are worth the small effort.