2. TRAINING: LONG, MEDIUM AND SHORT TERM GOALS
‘Well I’ve done plenty of preparation and training, and now I’m going to reap the rewards’ said no cyclist ever.
Booking a cycling holiday is a great way of setting yourself a goal and providing motivation to get out and train, especially on those cold winter days. But sometimes just having a long-term goal invites complacency, and before you know it your trip is almost upon you and you’ve not nearly done enough training.
Setting yourself a short- and medium-term goal keeps the mind focused, so have a look at the sportive calendar leading up to your trip. Sportives are a great way to set out your path to success. If your holiday is in July, try to aim for a sportive in February, April and June, each of increasing distance.
3. TRAINING: PREPARATION FOR THE MOUNTAINS
The best training for riding in the mountains is, well, riding in the mountains. But if you don’t have access to a mountain range, train obsessively with a power meter or have a dedicated coach, don’t worry – all is not lost.
The best results I’ve ever had from my pre-Alps training was a winter of long and steady weekend rides. I would do a 150km ride at least once a month from January through to May, and try to squeeze a 90km ride mid-week when the evenings started to draw out, often by commuting to and from work and adding an extra loop on the way home.
These were steady-paced rides, and living in Essex at the time I was riding on mostly flat terrain. But these long rides seemed to set me up really well for the summer, and some of our guests have benefitted from a similar approach.