The Off Season

Now that you’ve tried out different road cycling techniques, races, and tours, it is finally the off season time. While indeed, this may give you the time to take a break and relax, there are still something you need to keep in mind during off season. In my experience it can also be a time that you over think your training, stress about goals, and worry about gaining weight.

The Off Season is meant to be exactly as the name suggests, time off. The body can train at its peak all year round, and the mind needs time to recharge. It’s also just as easy to completely let go, and undo all the hard work you’ve done throughout the season.

So I thought I’d take a look at a few simple tips you can follow to make the most of the off-season. Of course everyone’s different, so let me know what you love to do.

Here are some things you need to remember during off season:

  1. Lessen the intensity. During your transition period, you have to make a different training plan to keep yourself fit even when you’re not racing. You have to slow down and let your body relax a bit. Create a training designed so it is less intense and rigorous compared to your peak season training. Remember, your body might get burnt out if you don’t give yourself some time to ease up.
  2. Make a diet plan. This is something you shouldn’t forget to change. Since your usual diet plan is designed for intense training and racing, you have to change your food intake based on the training plan you made for the off season. The best way to map out your diet is to talk to a professional so they can assess what is the most ideal diet plan for you.
  3. Relax. You deserve it! Months of hard work means you can breathe and relax. Take a vacation you’ve been putting off because of the race season. Enjoy time with your family. Read a book. Watch movies. Basically, slow down and feel the off season.

What do you do during off season?

 

References:

http://running.competitor.com/2013/10/training/what-the-pros-do-during-the-off-season_60141

http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/11/training-center/eight-keys-season-success_351982

https://www.usacycling.org/encyclingpedia/encycstory.php?id=6984

http://breakingmuscle.com/cycling/off-season-strength-training-for-cyclists-a-well-planned-transition-phase

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