This week's coaching question goes to Lynda Wallenfels from Brian Benson in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.
Wallenfels is Cat 1 USA Cycling coach and owner of LWCoaching.com Visit her site for mountain bike
training plans, coaching and consulting.
help, besides riding the trainer / rollers, what can I do to maintain my level
of training without having to sit in my basement or garage all winter? HELP
Answer: Go outside to
have fun with your longer training sessions! Any aerobic activity can be
substituted for a weekend endurance ride. Skiing and snowshoeing are two top
snowbound outdoor activities that are great training and darn fun. Best of all,
put on some fat tires or get a dedicated snow bike (aka Fatbike) to ride
outside year round. Ice skating is a great cross training activity for cycling
if you have access to a quality rink and ice time when you can skate fast.
in your weekly training routine a minimum of twice per week. This can be
indoors or outside on your snow bike. Spin classes in a gym can be an amusing
way to log riding and social time outside your basement.
and some bike shops put together indoor training groups. The camaraderie and
competition of pedaling beside team mates can fuel some quality training
sessions. A Google search found an indoor training group ride at your local
bike shop Smith’s Cycling
and Fitness every Tuesday and Thursday, 6:30pm with no charge –
that’s a deal!!
Take a day trip
to Ray’s indoor mtb park in
Milwaukee, WI to keep up and build some new ride skills. Indoor bmx parks are
scattered about too. Another Google search found an indoor skate park in La
Crosse you might be able to rally on your mountain bike if you asked nicely…
Maybe you have a barn and can build your own indoor course! Do things that make
you smile and keep you pedaling at the same time!
trainer is a fantastic way to build and maintain ride fitness but adding
diversity to your winter training options will keep you mentally fresh and
motivated to ride more.
Lastly, one of
the nicest ways to get off the trainer, is to fly south with your bike,
someplace warm and dry like Tucson for a training camp.