It’s all very well riding regularly, being a gym class hero, circuit training and generally getting a sweat on, but while being active will help maintain fitness, without a goal to work towards after a few weeks you may find yourself asking the question ‘why am I doing this?’ Setting goals and seeing progression are two key ingredients to maintaining motivation.
The first step in planning your winter training is to determine some basic goals. Are you looking to improve your endurance, speed, and efficiency on the bike? To lose weight? Improve strength? Write them down and keep them in a prominent place to act as a reminder. Although it may not seem natural, often setting goals that challenge your weaknesses will provide the best results in the long-run.