It’s the time of the year again, where races are over and I have to think of what I want to do next year. Do I want to be faster? Get further? Work on some weaknesses? Or should I ride just for the sake of fun and adventure?
I have to admit, racing doesn’t attract to me that much. If I’m not the best, it doesn’t matter. And I don’t mean the best in my agegroup or in a particular race. It mean’s better than Chris Froome, Contador or Sagan. And let’s face it: this won’t happen 😉 There will always be someone who is faster than me.
For pure fun then? Well, therefort it’s sometimes hard to find motivation for training. I wouldn’t go out then at -5°C for a century only because I planned it.
So what’s the target for me?
It’s endurance and it’s adventure. And I mean the good “sunny lake ride” and the bad “freezing my ass off in the rain” adventure.
Therefore I’m a randonneur. And my target for next year will be to complete the brevet series. From March to June I will ride a 200Km, 300Km, 400Km and 600Km Brevet. And because the season is not over in June, I plan to ride across the Alps from Munich to Venice preferably in under 48 hours.
As a result from this decision my training targets are also clear: Build greater endurance and cruising speed.
And this is the trick, I use for my long winter endurance rides, since my first year in cycling: Don’t get out of the small front chain ring.
This creates various positive effects for me:
- I automatically work on a higher cadence
- I work on a fluid pedal stroke
- I’ll stay warm in cold temperatures
- and I almost can’t get out of heart rate zone 1 and 2 (endurance)
- plus the decision is made for me, if I’m powering or cruising down a hill.
Speed doesn’t matter in this period, it’s all about the time on the bike. The more, the better.
Do you have a trick to stay in your training zones?