fed up of the wet, cold and windy rides that the winter months throw your way
whenever you have your rides? Ok, you may have a beautiful winter setup ready
to fight the elements on – which has its benefits – but if you want to get out
and rack up the miles on your beautiful new handbuilt bicycle wheels
then the UK’s not so glorious winter roads aren’t the place to do it!
of just looking at your shiny new hoops hung up on the wall waiting for the day
the roads clear up and you can give them the attention they deserve; why not
book yourself on a plane and get stuck into some warm weather training? We’d
just add that this isn’t a jolly (not 100% true), so don’t go switching on to
holiday mode the moment you get there; this is the ideal time to get some good
training in which you can take back home and build on.
this in mind, you may be wondering what the point of warm weather training is?
Read on, and you’ll find out five of the best reasons to book up!
off with arguably the most obvious one, but it still needs to be touched on. By
heading off to a warmer country, you’re in the ideal place to get outside, soak
up the vitamin D and get your training sessions completed. We’ve yet to find
anyone who prefers riding in the rain and wind, so it goes without saying that
the sun in the sky and the sight of some yet-to-be-conquered route ahead is
more appealing. The warm weather also helps with giving you a mental boost as
you return to the UK to ride through winter, fully motivated.
from the Norm
abroad for warm weather training, you are breaking up any routine that you may
have unwittingly got yourself into while at home. By this, we mean when you suit
up, clip in and pedal towards a route that you know “will do” just so you can
say you’ve tucked some miles under the belt – we’ve all been there! So, get
over to warmer climates, get focused on training, lose your distractions, leave
work behind and let your legs do what they yearn to do!
climbs, lengthy routes and demanding descents are a great combo for when it
comes to building up a hearty appetite. This means that you can not only stop
off at some lovely cafes en route, giving you some time to take in your
surroundings and chat to the locals, but also, come dinnertime, you can try
some new cuisine. Dishes that you wouldn’t have usually whipped up post-ride can
be dived into while you’re at a training camp, and just so long as you’re
fuelling yourself with the right things to aid your recovery, then you’re on to
the Recovery Rewards
recovery are often neglected by cyclists of all abilities. You can be super
keen to just keep on riding, pushing yourself to the limits, and so on, but
essentially, you have to educate yourself and realise that you need to take the
opportunity to recover like a professional athlete – not just train like a
beast! With time to stretch, relax and sleep, warm weather camps are the
perfect time to get a routine together that you can adopt and take back home
with you once it’s well-drilled.
As the ex-head
of British Cycling, Peter Keen, once said: “The bottom line is that the body does not get fitter through
exercise. It gets fitter through recovery”.
If you’ve ever been abroad to Europe, for example, you will
have noticed that the tarmac is just so much more appealing than the uneven,
pothole-ridden stuff we endure here in the UK. People who don’t ride won’t
grasp how appealing it is for a cyclist to see and experience those smooth
roads that await! The thought of putting the hammer down and seeing what your
bike can do on these roads is too much to resist, don't you think?