Those that know me know that I am not afraid of a little controversy. I’m never scared to go against the grain, or to attack sacred cows. In fact, admittedly, I even enjoy it just a little bit. SO for the next few weeks I’ll be writing about several sacred cows of cycling and training, especially about why I disagree with them.
Sacred Cow: “You need to completely step away from your bike for at least a month each off-season”
My take: I love riding my bike; it makes me happy and keeps me fit. The same goes for most of the riders I train, so we aren’t going to stop riding.
The idea that you need to completely step away from your bike for some period each off season is something that is ingrained in old school style coaching and training. The reasons given for these “required breaks” are usually something along the lines of: rest, mental and physical rejuvenation, cross training, etc . Well guess what? You can do all of those things while you keep riding your bike. There are situations when some riders SHOULD take some time off due to injuries, over-training, or just plain mental fatigue. If it’s the off-season, and you can barely even look at your bike , much less muster the energy to throw a leg over it, then by all means: take some time off. But most riders simply don’t want to, or need to abandon their bikes for an extended period of time. [Read more…]