I’ve written before about how to use your winter to train hard enough that you can go into Spring stronger than you’ve ever been. It’s simple: Push a harder gear on the trainer. I’ve been pushing the 52/11 and my Spring is much more enjoyable when I don’t have to suffer every moment I’m out there. I’ve done it the last two years and it works – well.
There’s a trick I use for Spring base miles as well, but this one’s going to suck a little bit so grab your butt with both hands… And hang on, baby Jesus. This is gonna get bumpy.
I cheat my Spring by riding cheap, slow wheels on the rain bike for the first couple of months of the season. It’s a lot more work to keep up and I have to take the good bike out every now and again just so I can remember how much faster I’ll be for the effort, but it’s worth going to the trouble. When I figure the good bike and the better wheels into the equation, I’m easily a mile an hour faster without doing anything above and beyond riding. Better, when it’s time to switch to the Venge, I can have a lot more fun on a ride.
I have to stop for a nature break? No problem, the group can keep going and I’ll be able to work my way back within a few miles. I need to wolf down a banana on the fly? No worries, I can sit on at the back and won’t even get dropped. Sprint for the City Limits sign? Fuhgeddaboutit. They’d better hope they ate their Wheaties…
The point is, a little extra effort goes a long way later in the season once I start bumping into some serious miles…. and nothing beats the extra confidence.