There’re no such thing as bad conditions, just bad gear!
I. Can I Bicycle in the Winter?
Will asked , “I started riding this year and really enjoy it. I’d like to keep riding this winter but a trainer sounds boring. Is it reasonable to ride outside in winter?”
I responded “Yes you can ride outside and with proper gear you can enjoy it.” I offer detailed advice on: Clothing for different parts of your body.
What nutrition to eat and drink, how to carry it and how to eat and drink in the cold.
11 tips on winterizing your bike.
Yes, base endurance training increases: The endurance of your cycling muscles by increasing both the size and the number of mitochondria where aerobic energy is produced in your muscles. The efficiency of your heart so it can pump more blood to your muscles. The amount of carbohydrates you can store in the liver and muscles. The capacity to burn fat during long rides. You can’t exercise as much in the winter so what should you do? In this column I review the physiology of less training and offer practical suggestions on what you should do: Consistency Frequency and volume American College of Sports Medicine’s recommendations Three sample weeks Mixing moderate and intense exercise Exercise snacks I go into more detail about the benefits of endurance training and describe ways to do endurance training: > Have a motivating goal Ride tempo Ride laps Ride outdoors then indoors Split up […]