Your Ultimate Off-Season
The off-season provides athletes with the opportunity to forget about the stresses of races or competitions and partake in a wide variety of un-structured, recreational activities that you wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to do so during your busier times of the year.This offers the perfect platform to build a solid base foundation of both muscular and cardiovascular endurance in a relaxed and stress-free environment. Complete this phase of training correctly, and you will be insured to reach an all-time best in your fitness levels as well as reduce the chance of injury and burnout during the latter half of 2015.
The Science Behind it:
This phase of off-season training is deemed the preparatory period, and is composed of three building phases apart of your periodized off-season training plan. During this 4 – 6 week long phase, particular attention needs to be placed on muscle hypertrophy/endurance conditioning. This involves conditioning at a low intensity with a high volume, using activities that are not directly related to your sport (Eg: cycling or running). The goal during this phase of training is to develop a base of endurance on which more intensive training can be built on top of at a later stage.
Set your mind to it:
This time of the year also provides the opportunity to reflect on the previous year’s riding and evaluate your goals moving forward. Sit down with a pen and paper and write out your short, medium and long-term goals for the new year. Then, under each goal, write out a list of day-to-day, realistic steps to achieving the goal. Lastly, place your new goals somewhere visible that you will be confronted with daily. Doing this accurately will provide you the opportunity to tick-off your progress goals on-route to your major goal, ensuring you stay committed and motivated to achieve what you initially set your mind too.