Gone are the epic rides of summer only to be replaced with cooler temperatures, shorter days, and less time on the bike. Aside from cyclocross, the 2015 cycling season is over, but, this part of the cycling season may just be the most important season of them all. It’s the off-season. It is dream season! Now, is the time to leverage the off season for bigger gains in 2016. In fact, there’s a saying in the cycling world, “the off season is where you can make the greatest gains” and at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop, we couldn’t agree more.
There are tried and true methods for training during the off season. Many of which focus on the psychical aspect of training with specific cycling workouts in combination with other forms of exercise including yoga, running, and weight lifting. But what about the mental aspect of training? Mental fatigue accumulates through the cycling season just as much as physical fatigue. A key element in off season gains is mental pause, reflection, and planning.
The post, Make Proper Goal Setting a Priority for Your Next Cycling Season highlights this fact offering 10 questions to evaluate the past season’s cycling performance. In doing so, as a cyclist, it offers you time to pause and reflect on what worked, what didn’t, and make improvements to the upcoming year. Armed with this insight, you’re better prepared to make better training choices now that lead to better performance in 2016.
With that being said, what is the secret sauce to making fitness gains in the off season? To make those gains, check out the posts, Making the Most of Your Off-Season and 10 Off Season Training Tips for Mountain Bikers to take advantage of the off-season period. You might also enjoy reading Top 5 Apps for Cyclists for Off-Season Fitness Gains. Using technology to track and build fitness can add an extra level of motivation as you benchmark progress.
All in all, making the most of fall season training is about keeping it fresh, trying something new, and also, targeting some fitness goals. The off season can be a great opportunity to get new bike parts. During the season, the focus is on riding; whereas during the off season, there’s more time for mental wanderings and fun! Check out our daily closeouts and overstock items to spark renewed interest in your off season cycling program.