Winter can seem like an impossibly long time of short days and long nights so it’s important when creating any training plan to ensure you actually want to do it. Setting yourself five months of training that you’re struggling to stomach after the first week is only going to go the wrong way. Break the months down into ‘blocks’, give yourself a goal for each block and keep a diary to track your progress.
Mix it up and keep things fresh. Be flexible, modify your plan based on feel. Listen to your body, if you need time out then take it. You’ll return more motivated when you do. Try and include sessions with others, group rides at the weekends or after work. Look for alternatives when the weather is bad – turbo training, gym work, swimming and circuit training all have their benefits. Work on feel and remember to keep it fun!
Train well and ride safe everyone! If you have any questions, get in touch on @cottydale and I’ll do my best to help. You can find me on Google+, too.