Thursday, January 21, 2010

Variety-the spice of training

Variety, they say, is the spice of life.

Variety, is also the spice to your winter time training plan. Not only do you vary your workouts and ride efforts, but you should vary your actual modes of exercise.

Cross training (i.e. variety) provides your body and, most importantly, your mind new and challenging ways to get better. Variety creates adversity your body and mind are not used to. Both adapt and get stronger and when it's time to ride your bike, you will be better for it.

Coach Alison's favorite ways to add spice to her winter training plan include, Nordic skiing, dog walks, Pilates and wood splitting, piling and moving. All prepare her with recovery both mentally (most important), and physically and when it's time to ride her bike, she goes at it with 100% inspiration.

What's your favorite winter spice?

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