Winter Cycling

I've seen a steady improvement in my cycling over the last couple of month and dont want to stop/go backwards over the coming winter

I was thinking of Trying

Weekend Long Ride 2-5hrs
2 x 30mins recovery turbo session
1 x 90 min zone 1 turbo session (with short strength sprints)

What do you think?
What do you do?
What do you sugest?



  • Will - looks good to me.

    Long rides on a Sunday with club normally. Really 3 hours min - 5 would be max.
    Mid level 2 - if we use the Peter Keen 4 level thing. And if the ride doesn't get too mad !

    I do my recovery spin at the gym on the bike there - 20 mins or so. Then I'll try and get in 2 40min Steady Zone 2 sessions.

    Don't bother with intervals in the winter until the season is getting closer.

    This was before I got into spinning though, so I'll be modifying this a bit.

    Keep it up !
  • WildWill,

    I do the following over the winter for IM distance events...

    Sunday Long slow ride on the road 3-3.5 hrs @ lsd HR which for me is 121-131. If the weather is really crappy i'll do a back-to-back turbo session which consists of 1hr @ 121-131 then a 2.5hr break with no food being taken, just plain water then another 1hr @ 121-131. No longer than 2.5hrs apart.

    Wed Turbo session for 1hr @ 131-149
    Fri same as Wed

    Whilst still doing my Tue/Thu/Sat swims
    and my Tue/Thur/Sun runs

    Sunday is a Long bike+short transition run
  • Cougie,

    Sounds like you follow the Pete Read method of training?
  • Im a Joe Freil fan myself
  • ww
    all kinds of good advice on
    got my tacx from st. johns cycles 2 year ago when I couldn't run (shin splint).
    very boring & hard work, sweat loads, but stick on some load crazy music.
    You can actually improve hillclimbs / sprints / endurance, which makes those early spring rides that much more.
  • I'm a Gordo Byrn devotee
  • Yeah - Peter Read - the Blue book. How much suffering has that man caused me ? ;-)

    Not heard of Gordo Byrn ? Who's he ?
  • Will,
    Dunno about you, but I tend to go off road for winter 'training'.. just seems more 'fun' getting wet cold and muddy instead of just wet and cold.
    I think it helps with the climbing side of things too as there always seems alot more of it in mountain biking (at least where I live!).
  • Mudguards matey !! I know they seem incredibly wussy, but after close on 20 years without - it's an amazing discovery.

    OOoh - ta for that vid - I'm onto the womens bike so far - they aren't very good at it are they ? Clipping wheels - not changing down for 180 degree corners ? Tut tut.
  • I know,
    crazy about the u bend corner, not one of them did!!
    and I'm a mountain biker, mudguards? Wot dem?
  • Agree with the off-road suggestion, we do a lot of mountain biking at weekends during the winter, it keeps your riding fitness up and is a lot of fun, (especially when you fall off Will, LOL!). Plus you can hone your climbing skills.
    I can't ride outside during the weeks in winter when it's really dark and nasty after work so do a lot of sessions on my indoor trainer. Wussy maybe, but then we do get a lot of ice and snow and I'm just not up to tangling with that on two wheels, it's bad enough trying to stay upright on two feet!
  • What do you find is the best turbo trainer as looking to buy one - upto £300
  • I've got a trax Swing (£125) does everything I want and seems good enough
  • Cateye cyclosimulator.

    Has a fan (take off to reduce noise) and magnetic resistance. And lil computer to see how long you've been riding and what wattage/calories and stuff.
  • Why is all your kit so feline, cougs?
  • IronWolf,
    buy some big powerful night lights too... It really adds to the fun factor!!! I regularily go out in winter twice a week night riding with mates.. track you know by day just look so totally different by night!
  • MMMmmm - has any one ever told you .... you're mad!

  • Oooh - didn't suss that JJ !

    Nightlights would be a great idea. Lotsa fun, but not that much off road round here.

    You do get a blummin good workout on the Turbo though.

    Or do a spin class at the gym. (I'm on commission)
  • Cheers Will!!!

    (um and yes, they do...!!)

    But there really is nothing like riding along in horizontal snow at night with half ya' face frozen from the wind....
  • gotta agree, MMmm can't beat mtbing in the winter...cold, wet, muddy...fantastic!
    will have to try the night stuff one day (got given some good lights this year..not used them yet...)
  • nice muddy fields that build leg strength and not so bad when you fall off. ideal winter mountain biking conditions.
  • I need nearly £400 of bits to get my MTB back op[ and running for the winter :o(
  • major surgery there Will...!!!
  • oh and Nic,
    you'll be fine... trust me I'm a dr...

  • MMMmmmm - are you coming to play in Manchester for t'Northern Social ?

    (I heard a rumour...)

    Was that Bananarama ? They were good.
  • What when where...?

    and what rumour..?!!!
  • It's the day before Ludlow tri.....
  • ah...
    aren't we in lochness then anyhow Nic...?!!!
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