January is one of the most important months to train on the bike in preparation for the summer racing season. We asked Q36.5 coach Mario Kummer for advice on how to get the most out of training during this time of the year:
“A good cyclist is made in winter. Basically, this means that in order to be in good shape for the summer season, you need to have prepared well in the winter months. I always started the season with an all-round athletic training period which included running, gym work and a lot of cross country skiing training. The target was to improve power and endurance without using the bike. I went back on the bike in December/January. At that point my aim was to build a solid basis through specific endurance and power training.
To reach the optimal effect it is vital to know your own training zones. You can test them in a laboratory or on the road with an FTP test. It is extremely useful to have a tool that helps you record and control your training levels. I’m very happy with my SRM Powermeter.
Training during the winter months is quite hard due to low temperatures. Sometimes we were on the road for 5 hours or more in temperatures below -10 degrees! In the ’80’s I would have to hop off my bike during training and go running just in order to warm up my body, then I would hop back on and continue riding. That kind of crazy mix isn’t necessary anymore, I use my Termica Jacket X, my Termica Long Salopette and my Super Termico Overshoes. They protect me perfectly and allow me to train comfortably. Don’t forget: there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing!”