I have kicked off some strength training for the month of January to build up some leg and core strength. Last year when I was in the Chequamegon 40 and riding the Color Tour, I felt good from a cardio stand point, but felt low on leg strength and fatigued my muscles early in the climbs. I just didn’t have the leg strength to muscle up the climbs like I thought I should, or at least climb after climb. I will need this strength if I end up racing in the Lutsen 99er or improve my time in the Chequamegon 40 this year.
This year, I intend to keep some portion of strength training going throughout the year. Looking back, I think this will be very easy to do. If you look me up on Strava, you will see that I am more of a recreational athlete. I have a full time job and a family, so I have to work my training around everything else in life. Last summer, I road my bike a couple times a week plus some additional riding on some trips that I took. I think this summer, I could do the same amount of riding, add some running and strength training in and drastically improve my performance.
I know I can easily fit in the strength training. The only reason I don’t ride my bike more, is because it would take too much time away from my wife and kids. I can do the strength training at home while watching the kids play. I just need to choose to do it instead of “relaxing”. The additional running should also be an easy addition to the mix. I can add a day a week during lunch break from work and a longer run on the weekend. I can ride one of the weekend days and run the other weekend day.
I’m learning to balance training and family. I have this thirst for going faster so I am also still learning how to balance this with everything else in life that I am also passionate about. I’ll write some articles later, sharing how I incorporate my wife and kids into my cycling.
What are some of your new training ideas for this year?