Without an autumn of social spins and cafe runs you could find yourself hitting the all-important winter months exhausted, with no mojo and little get up and go! Here’s how we max-out our October and prepare our minds for winter training.
1. Go Cafe Hunting
Spotted a trendy new coffee bar on Instagram? Heard about a far-off cafe serving up the best breakfast butties? October is the time to start expanding your cafe-stop menu, which will allow you to reccy some new routes to ignite your excitement for winter training rides.
2. Ride the Club Run
Has your training regime had you riding solo more often than you’d have liked this year? October is the time to socialise on the bike. Hook up with old friends or rock up to the local club run. Riding with a club is a great way to get inspired by other people’s plans for 2018 or rope in training pals with a similar training focus for the coming year.
3. Get New Kit
Whether it’s a new winter jacket or just a pair of fresh overshoes. A new kit purchase gets you out the house feeling invigorated as well as allowing you to play around with your kit combos for the coming winter months. Watch out for our 2018 Struggle Kit coming soon.
4. Go Touring
Touring can be as simple as picking a B & B or YHA, riding to it, then riding home the next day. Whether it’s a ride to the seaside or a loop to the Lake District, the thrill of the adventure on and A to B ride frees you from the ties of a strict training plan. Touring is also a great way to explore outside the radius of your usual Sunday loop and cram some solid mileage into two days.
5. Book a Holiday
Plan your next Vit-D hit and book now. Mojo Reclaimed! At Struggle HQ we’re already excited for our OTE Training Camp in Mallorca. It’s our favourite week of the year! We’ll be catching up with all the riders who have rebooked since last year and meeting plenty of new faces who have signed up; all the while riding our bikes on the paradise island for cycling. You can find out more about the training camp at www.otetrainingcamp.com.
6. Test out Training Tools
Test out some new training sessions to incorporate into your winter plan. Our favourite at Struggle HQ is this Cadence Steps session. If you’ve always fancied joining the virtual training world, October is the time to plug in to one of the many popular virtual training tools out there such as Zwift, Trainer Road, SufferFest and more. It’s not for everyone but there’s no harm in having a go this October.
7. Take a Class
At Struggle HQ we like to incorporate a weekly visit to the OTE Altitude Chamber into our winter training regime. It’s a great way to keep on top of your top end. Why not try a local Watt Bike session or spin class and see if this is something you may want to transcend into your winter training.
8. Get a Massage
Indulge in an hour on the table to release tight muscles or work on recurring niggles that have flared up over the summer. A massage is a great way to reboot your body and mind before winter training begins.
9. Hit the Gym
Hit the deck and give us 20 because a strong body equals a strong mind. October is the perfect time to reunite yourself with those sweat-smeared mats to build core body strength leading up to your winter training block.
10. Set Goals
Thousands of riders have pre-registered for a Struggle Event in 2018, which shows people are already setting their goals for the new year. But all athletes should understand the importance of small incremental goals. Whether it’s a local reliability ride (Yorkshire’s Hateful Eight dates coming soon), a promise to hit the gym once a week until Christmas or riding to work to rack up some base miles; small goals help keep focused in the off season.
Need a goal to get focused for? Pre-register for a 2018 Struggle here.