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    Tips for winter training

       Words by Kathryn Dickinson

       on 31/10/2018 11:50:55

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    This article was written by #TeamRutland ambassador Lucy Sturgess. Lucy is a keen road cyclist who also writes for Love-Velo.cc. Find out more about Lucy >

    As summer ends and we move into colder months, here are my top tips for winter training and some of the ways to stay motivated throughout the shorter days and colder months.

    1. Turbo Training

    When its dark, cold and wet – opt for the turbo trainer. This means that you can maintain winter training levels inside which of course is more practical. The turbo trainer can however be a laborious machine and no one enjoys pounding out endless pointless miles on the turbo trainer. Try to make it more positive by working to either music or training videos to liven things up. I’m not a fan of Zwift, but for many it works well and if it helps keep you riding and getting the miles in then great! I think have a plan to work to as well and that way you can work to improve certain areas, there is lots of material online about interval training and sessions to run on the turbo.

    Read our Turbo Buyers Guide > Find out more about Zwift >

    2. Go to an indoor training class

    There are local classes dotted around all over the place which you could plan into your week to get a session done. Wattbike classes for example can offer an indoor training session on a bike which measures your power output, pedalling technique and heart rate. With regular sessions you can monitor you’re progress and then put the benefits from winter training to use on the roads and trails come the summer time. Spin classes at the gym also can offer a good interval session too.

    3. Do something different

    I’m a road rider primarily, but this winter I’m really looking forward to doing some mountain biking and cyclocross. It’s a great chance to get do something different. I can ride a mountain bike throughout winter even when the temperatures drop more and the roads are icy and dangerous. Cross training is good for fitness, and it’s also good fun to try something new as well. Mountain biking or cyclocross are brilliant but also swimming, running, badminton or anything just to stay active and enjoy what you’re doing.

    Read our guide to surviving cyclocross >

    4. Find a training partner or ride with a club

    As a member of Leicester Forest CC we have club runs each week, riding in a group really helps in the cold and windy weather by having teammates to share the work with. Get in the longer miles at a steady pace, ride out to a nice café stop or town, and explore new places or push yourself riding with stronger riders to get more of a workout. Its important to find the right group for you, try a few club rides before joining. Whatever your ability there will be others that are similar.

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    Find out more about our shop rides >

    5. Be organised

    Over winter when the days are shorter and its cold and miserable outside I think it’s important to be really organised. If you’re riding before or after work, have everything ready the night before if you can. My slow cooker is also my best friend in winter as you can have something cooking all day with no need to waste valuable training time. A little pre planning when you have a little more time goes a long way rather than constantly chasing your tail trying to get on the bike!

    6. Ride to and from work

    Commuting is a good way to take advantage of the shorter days if a commute is workable for you. It isn’t possible for everyone, but if it is then take full advantage of that to get the additional miles in.

    Read our winter commuting guide here >

    7. Have a goal for 2019

    I think if you have a goal to work towards it really helps you stay motivated. Knowing that putting in the winter training is going to benefit me is one of the ways I kept it going through winter when I quite easily could have spent all my spare time in my pyjamas, fleecy socks and fluffy blanket! Last year I trained with a great group of women from my cycling club and we spent one evening a week riding on the Leicester Cycle Circuit which is flood lit with the aim of entering a local team time trial. We also practiced cornering, sprinting, race tactics and just general group riding. It made for some great training sessions and we smashed the TTT come Spring!

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    8. Invest in some decent kit

    Investing in some decent kit can help you keep going over winter and make the experience much more enjoyable. Last year buying decent over shoes, gloves and a Castelli Gabba were items that kept me cycling through winter time. I have added a few more items to my winter kit list this year too. Look for wind proof items that really help when it gets colder. Good lights are equally important, worth investing in a good set!

    9. Rest when you need to

    Overtraining is not productive. Everyone is different and I really would advise listening to your body when it needs to rest. If you have a cold or are feeling tired, then rest until you’re feeling on better form. I have made the mistake of riding constantly through colds and I think this just dragged everything out.

    10. Join and embrace the Strava community

    Strava isn’t for everyone and I can understand that, but personally I find it a great tool for motivation for training year round. It’s a great way to keep track of what I’m doing, to keep my mileage up, support, encourage and post lovely photos of the places I have been to.

    You can join the Rutland Cycling Strava club here.

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    Lucy Sturgess

    Instagram: sturgelucy
    Twitter: sturgelucy
    Facebook: Lucy Sturgess - Cyclist
    Blog: Love-Velo.cc

    I have been cycling for around three years now, I started as I wanted to build some fitness for a charity challenge I was taking part in.

    It all started on an old bike found in my parents garage that had seen better days, but short 10 and 12 mile routes gradually became longer and in six months I had ridden my first century, I remember feeling so proud! Things have moved on since and I now train for racing and time trialling. I was pleased to gain my 2nd category road race license last year and gain time trialling personal bests at 10 and 25 mile distances. I also rode my first 50 mile time trial. This year I plan on riding the Tour of Cambridge for the second time as well as taking part in the Ride London 100 mile event. I loved the Tour of Cambridgeshire and so am looking forward to giving it another good go!

    I’m passionate about women’s cycling and encouraging more women to have a go at racing and competitive events. We have a great team of women competing in my club Leicester Forest Cycling Club in a number of disciplines which is great to see and be part of, and I love sharing stories of your everyday riders and their achievements on my blog. Most importantly I just love riding my bike, seeing the countryside, trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle, being the best I can be and enjoying it along the way.

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