a sunny day determine your training?
been asked by many cyclists to write something specific for
cycling on the Rhino Fitness web site, seeing as I compete
in cycling and coach gold medal winning cyclists.
article applies to cycling and other summertime fair-weather
summer athletes can't wait for that first day where they can
get out in shorts and short sleeve shirts and put the hammer
down in intensity.
going stir crazy on our rowing ergs, indoor trainers, and
treadmills for 6 months, the athletes of summer salivate and
go almost giddy when the temperature finally rises above 10
psychologically rewarding, the outdoor early season hammer
fest can be damaging to spring training if we're not careful.
While those in southern British Columbia and much of the US
have already enjoyed over a month of half decent outdoor weather,
those of us in the prairies are just coming out of the deep
freeze in April. Regardless of the month your area moves into
spring weather, you aught to measure your spring riding -
or whatever sport you are doing.
many times has that first club ride of the season turned into
a quad burning - lung hurling competition? Every time? That's
why I don't do them. "Sacrilege! You're not a real cyclist!
Are you nuts? You're still on your trainer? But it's soooo
I get ribbed about it every year. But year after year my athletes
have better spring and late season performances than
those who forgo controlled and productive training for the
short term reward of feeling good about a sunny day. Ask yourself;
is it the weather of the day that determines your training;
or; is it where you are in your program, your current state
of recovery and fatigue and other important training variables?
know the answer is the latter. "But you take the fun
out of it when you do that!" Really? I though winning
was fun. I think most would enjoy being a little faster and
more fit, but I could be wrong..
is something magical about a hot dry day with dead wind and
hammering to your physical limit. So why not train your body
as effectively as possible so when those days come, you can
your training specifically calls for a hard training session,
don't blow your training plan by succumbing to the irrationality
that cabin fever gives us. If your training plan calls for
an easy ride, don't forgo the easy ride on account of the
sunny weather. Go out on an easy ride, you can still enjoy
the weather. Better yet, if you know you still require more
specific base training at a specific speed, heart rate, lactate
level, or wattage, you will have a far more effective training
session by hitting those numbers exactly on the trainer instead
of contending with spring road conditions and the variability
that comes with riding outdoors - not to mention those riders
who always hammer off the front tempting you to chase if you
do a club ride. Worse yet, you may be that rider who hammers
off the front merely because it's the first ride, not because
it has anything to do with your training plan.
worry; you will get plenty of road mileage in during the season.
It really is not that important to go nuts the first two weeks
the roads are clear and the temperature is above zero.
you go too hard, you have to add an extra one or two recovery
days to compensate. Your one day of fun just cost you two
days of training. If you don't compensate with recovery, you
may burn out early in the season. Is it really worth it?
the real warm days aren't here yet so save it. Build your
fitness gradually through the spring and the rewards will
be far greater than a couple misplaced early season lung burners.
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- 2005 Cris LaBossiere Rhino Fitness www.rhinofitness.ca