With #CXisNOTCOMING the hashtag for many of us and the fall season arriving, it’s time to start thinking about transitioning out of peak summer cycling form. Should we think about just riding easy during this period, or including a bit of intense work?
Toolbox: I have said it before and I will say it again: I am fifty, and I still wanna go fast! Staying strong and riding the way you want to ride once you hit the half-century point requires some changes to the way you plan and train compared to when you were younger.
There are numerous ways to brighten up your fall training. So far this series has covered a number of novel approaches and training metrics including using Intensity Factor (IF), kilojoules (KJ) and perceived exertion (RPE). We’ve also looked at simply ignoring your power meter as an option. In this final post, let’s think outside the training sandbox a little bit farther.
After resting off the bike to recharge the batteries and reviewing your past season, it is time to start planning the off-season training and priorities. One of the big questions about the off-season is the “need for speed,” namely how much intensity or resistance training work is required or beneficial.