As we move towards the end of the summer, we need to focus on an important phase. Off-season cycling training is very important, and can be the key to a successful new season. And the sooner this training starts, the better. That does not mean that there is no downtime. The body needs a rest, as well as the mind. Therefore off-season cycling training can involve a lot of time off the bike. No need to keep climbing , nor eating too much. This is now becoming more popular amongst pro cyclists and triathletes. This does not mean that we must spend the winter in the gym, paying large fees. What is now crucial is flexibility, core strength, and controlling body weight.
Off-Season Cycling Training
The fundamentals of cycling are watts per kg. It really is that simple. So, during off-season it is vital not to let the weight increase too much. Obviously, with less time on the bike, weight will increase naturally. Once full training resumes, the weight will come down. Control the diet, and do not let the kgs rack up. This is the most important part of off season cycling training. Gentle running, or walking keep the body in shape. And in Galicia, that enables you to enjoy the beautiful scenery and mountains. Secondly, less bike means more time for other work. All top cyclists have an incredible core strength. This is the base that they build from, enabling the legs to do the work. What is the best way to increase this strength?
Key to Core Strength Improvement
Pilates are very popular for core strength improvement. This improves flexibility too, another key point for cyclists. There are many types of Pilates, and the best for cyclists are those that really focus on deep core muscles. We are not looking for six pack abs. No, we need to concentrate on the deeper internal abdominal muscles. Many videos on You Tube are available that focus on internal abs. I will not recommend any. Find the one that suits and stick to it. A good base of core strength, with controlled breathing is vital. Get this right, and your season will start well.