The first few months of the year are an ideal time to get some strength and flexibility training done before you kick-start your cycling season in earnest.
Here are our training tips to have you fighting fit:
- Focus on Strength and flexibility
Signing up for a course of yoga or Pilates can help gain strength, flexibility, balance and body awareness, as well as improved range of motion and prevent injuries.
- Core training
Core training is often overlooked by many athletes. Core training can be done from the comfort of your own home. Having strong core muscles helps support your spine, improve balance and posture when cycling. Exercises such as the plank, superman and squats are great for strengthening the core muscles.
- Stretch and foam-roll
Having a stretching and foam rolling routine is critical in both off season and in race season. Using a foam roller has many benefits including giving tired muscles a deep tissue massage and decreasing muscle tension. Stretching increases flexibility.
- Rest and listen to your body
If you have any niggling injuries, now is a good time to go to a physical therapist, physiotherapist or chiropractor to find and resolve the underlining cause of the injury. A few weeks rest now could be the difference of staying injury free for the whole cycle race season.
The Ring of Beara Cycle Kenmare takes place on Saturday 25th May 2019.