Ah September! Where did you come from? Just because fall is right around the corner, does not mean your training has to end! Get ready for Farm to Fork Fondo 2019 season all fall with these great tips from Bicycling Magazine.
Tip #1: Get your butt back in the gym - It’s natural to let your strength training slide during the summertime. As daylight hours dwindle and weekday ride time shrinks, get back into a strength training routine to regain lost strength and address muscle imbalances that develop from only pushing pedals.
Tip #2: Explore new routes - Take a road you’ve never been down. Try out some new trail systems. Go bikepacking.
Tip #3: Stash some miles in those legs - Autumn is the perfect time to put in some long endurance miles and rebuild your base. Setup your indoor training station to get your sweat on all winter long.
Tip #4: Get technical - Good technique not only makes you faster, it makes you safer. Add specific drills to one to two rides a week. Do downhill repeats, where you pedal easy up a climb and practice descending, picking your lines, setting yourself up for smooth cornering, scrubbing speed before turns, and pedaling out of them.
Tip #5: Change one thing - Routines are good. Ruts are bad. Without new challenges, you won’t make new adaptations. Challenge your body in new ways starting now.
Tip #6: Fine-tune your fit - Your body changes over time, even over the course of a season. Fall is a good time to see your bike fitter for a tune up. Having your bike fit evaluated, and maybe readjusted, now gives you time to break in the new position without the pressure of training.
Check out the full article here