It’s more than likely that you’ve noticed the lean physiques of professional cyclists. But, did it occur to you that that isn’t just the product of a lean diet and riding? Most professional cyclists use weight training as an integral part of their training plans to increase their power to weight ratio.
Unfortunately “shoulder season” doesn’t refer to that time of year when the weather permits bare shoulders. For athletes, it signals that period when dressing for the weather becomes well, difficult.
The words “training plan” often strike a note when heard by non-professional cyclists. Scheduled workouts, planned mileage … at first glance it seems to take the fun out of riding. Furthermore, there is long slow distance, cross-training, intervals workouts, hill repeats and periodization; the mere variety of training plans found online can be confusing.