With the off-season upon us, Bestmed-ASG’s Maroesjka Matthee shared some of her best advice (including going easy on the Christmas pudding) as to how to stay active over the December holidays.
How to train
This all depends what your goals are going forward as this will determine what type of training you should be doing.
Generally speaking, December is the month used for “base miles” – which is riding at a constant speed for long hours. For those who have to balance their cycling with work, this is ideal because the December holidays mean you actually have more time to train.
What training to do
As with how to train, what training to do comes back to what type of goals you have for the new season.
If you want to use this time to shave off some kilograms, then fasted riding is very good. You are not putting your body under massive physical strain, you keep your heart rate low and just turn the pedals.
I would advise you do this for two to three hours, but make sure to always carry food with you, otherwise you run the risk of bonking.
When to train
My suggestion would be to get your training done in the early morning during December simply because of the heat.
Your body takes a lot of strain when it is hot and more than likely you won’t want to repeat training the next day.
An added bonus of getting your training out of the way is that you can lie on the beach the rest of the day (if you’re at the coast of course).
You can mix up your training by incorporating a number of off the bike exercises to keep you interested and motivated.
Cross training is very important for any cyclist. I would recommend seeing a biokineticist to identify your weaknesses.
If that doesn’t appeal, swimming and running are great ways to improve your performance on the bike too.
Easy on the Christmas pudding – it will bite you in the butt later 🙂