I know you’re all dying to know what a pro rider does when they have a break in their schedule and have some uninterrupted time at home. You’re not? Well tough luck, I’m gonna tell you anyway.
Depending on the time of the year and proximity to my next race or objective, I usually like to ensure a bit of rest to make sure any lingering fatigue gets put to bed, or tossed in the laundry basket, so to speak.
Once that is taken care of I’ll usually start with some good, old fashioned endurance training. This is my bread and butter as we tend to get plenty of intensity over the 50+ race days in the year.
Speaking of races… while home I also like to enter some local races as a chance to add some variety to my training, and also to provide a benchmark to see what’s going on with my fitness.
This year, between the Tour de Beauce and the National Championships, I was lucky enough to have two races close to home to help bridge the gap and keep me sharp. First up was the Kitchener Twilight Grand Prix, a downtown criterium held on a Friday night followed up by the Tour de Waterloo on Sunday. The team of Malcolm and Blake at Cycle Waterloo do a fantastic job. Plus, I was able to take the win both days. Cycle Waterloo also organize two other important events in the region which take place earlier in the year.
Now I’m resting from Nationals for BC Superweek. Then, after BC Superweek I will have my longest stretch between team races. I’ll use this time to rest a little and then do some hard training and the Tour de Terra Cotta and also the Provincial TT and Road Champs as we head towards the last block of racing for the season.