By guest KIT blogger, Cort Cramer In your quest to KEEP IT TIGHT during this time of year, often refered to as the “off-season,” it is important to recognize that what you do this winter can have a significant impact on your performance during the next racing season. Regardless of whether you ride outdoors year-round or confined to indoor training for a solid five months, if you’re looking forward to a successful upcoming season the preparation needs to start NOW. Before you embark on your official winter training programme, it is important to make sure you are well-rested and recovered from the previous season or year’s worth of training. A few weeks completely off followed by one to two weeks of easy cross-training are essential to recharging your physical and mental batteries. Doing so can prepare you for the work that lies ahead. Once you are rested, recharged, and ready to go the following key elements should be incorporated into your winter programme to ensure you start the next season firing on all cylinders: CROSS TRAINING SESSIONS Variety is the spice of life. Many dedicated athletes swear off any type of cross training in the winter, instead opting to approach […]
Sports: Cycling (Road and Cyclocross) Favorite Event: Time trials, CX (the late, lamented Plymouth North course) Strengths: Finishing OTB (Off The Back) with panache Entry into endurance sports: 23 years running cross country, road races and marathons, heel spur surgery hastened entry into bike “racing”. (I have an annual race license; I pay the race entry fee and then am allowed to pretend I’m “racing”) Years competing in endurance sports: 33
Sports: Cycling Favorite Event: D2R2 (check it out here) Strengths: Is getting dropped by stronger riders considered a “strength”? Getting dropped with style! Entry into endurance sports: I began riding a Univega Nuovo Sport while living on a relatively remote horse farm in NJ. I had no other way to get around, and soon figured out that with a bike (and complete lack of parental supervision) I could cover miles and miles. Still just doing it to get away. Years competing in endurance sports: “Competing” is a strong word. Pulled my first USAC license in ’01.