The winter season is fast approaching, bringing with it cold
temperatures and less cycling (at least outdoor cycling). Use the early winter season to add some variety to
your fitness regimen, and take some time off from your bike. Try other types of aerobic activities (e.g.
swimming, cross country skiing). If you don't take some time away from the bike now, your excitement for bicycle training and racing will
disappear when the season begins. Also, winter is the time to build a strong base of aerobic fitness, so as
the winter progresses, focus on lots of easy riding. As spring approaches, a strong base of aerobic fitness
will serve as a necessary foundation for more intense training, and will bring more consistency to your racing
performance throughout the season. Finally, NOW IS THE TIME TO FIND A COACH! If a coach starts working with
you now to help you meet your cycling goals for next season, you'll have a much better chance of reaching those
goals, than if you wait until spring to find a coach.