So, this year I’ve done winter differently. The last few years I’ve been slavishly following a training plan to the letter. Whilst I’ve always completed it, mentally it’s been a drain. I struggled to endure session on the trainer longer than 45 mins. This year was different…
I had almost 2 months off through injury at the tail end of last season, and missed several key races I’d been focussing on. I went stir crazy not being able to ride, and increasingly frustrated seeing people posting rides on Strava that moaned about rain/headwinds etc etc. This winter I was simply going to enjoy the bike.
By the time I got back on the bike we were into autumn so only a few opportunities to get out on my race bike. Around this time I took the plunge and bought a smart trainer and was doing TR workouts on Zwift. I did a few races and became utterly hooked on the whole concept of being able to race whenever I wanted. I also got really into the Zwift racing community.
I was sensible in what I was doing, picking races that largely corresponded to sessions that I wanted to do, eg four laps of Box Hill gave 4x7 mins threshold, 2x round Innsbruck gave 2x 20 mins sweetspot.
I started the winter as an average B rider, but soon was upgraded to A and remained solid in that category all winter.
Today, as part of pre-race openers for the Zwift National Championships I did my session outdoors instead of on the trainer as the weather was great. Did a circuit with some 2 min, 3 min and 4 mins climbs. I managed PBs on most of them (some that I’ve ridden over 200 times!), several Strava KOMs and all time 1 min and 2 min power PBs. I actually had to stop and recalibrate my power meter as I thought the readings were off!!
I’ve had the most fun winter ever on the bike, managed greater hours than I have in the past and have arrived at race season in the best shape I’ve ever been.
I guess the point I’m trying to make is stop over thinking things, make sure you all have fun riding your bikes and here’s to a great season ahead😊