Chris Carter performing the Switchback balance and control drill. Photo contributed by Ged Carter
Chris Carter performing the Switchback balance and control drill. Photo contributed by Ged Carter Photo contributed by Ged Carter

Rain is no excuse not to train

HI GROOVER,

After the recent rain you're probably dying to get out and ride some nice dry trails this weekend.  I know I am. But did you do anything while it was raining?

If you're a seasoned rider you've probably got a race you're training for, or mates you want to keep at pace with, and if you're a beginner you won't want a week or two of rain sending your skills or fitness backwards.  The solution? Don't let bad weather make excuses for you.

The next time the rain keeps you indoors reach for your backup plan. That will avoid the all too familiar "I couldn't get on the bike 'cause its been raining for weeks" excuse that you'll splutter to your riding mates when you reach the top of the hill last.   Excuses won't improve your skills and fitness, nor will they tune you for that upcoming race.

So do something about it now while I've got you in the mood.  Write that plan B.  Buy that stationary training bike.  Find the headphones.  Dust off your running shoes.  There are a ton of things you can do on rainy days to keep fit.  All you need is some imagination.

Your backup plan might look something like this:

- watch a latest release movie while doing a stationary bike session

- Fifteen minutes of street hill sprints during a break in the rain

- Ten minutes of stair running or walking up your stairway or the library car park stairs

- A few two-minute repetitions of box step-ups in the comfort of your lounge room with your favourite music loud

- MTBtips.com Switchback bike balance and control drills in your garage

- A three kilometer run on the treadmill, or that half-hour core strength workout you've been meaning to start for months

Get it down on paper to make it real.  Then, the next time it rains you'll have no excuses but to reach for your back-up plan and do something different and fun, that still keeps you active. It'll make that Sunday afternoon Monster Burger from Clinton Takeaway so much more rewarding.  And, when the trails do dry out, you won't be the last rider to the top of that hill.

For more on the switchback balance and control drills click here.



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