“In the Spring, a triathlete’s fancy turns to riding.” That’s not a precise quote from Tennyson, but after a long winter of trainer rides and spin classes, you’re probably more than ready to hit the roads and take your bike training outdoors. But before you do, spring is also the time to revisit your training plan and to check that both bike and rider are prepared to ride safely.
Safety : Now is the time to get to your local bike shop for that spring tune-up. For do-it-yourselfers, check and replace as necessary brake and shifter cabling, chain, brake pads, cleats, tires, and tubes. Fully clean and lubricate the drive train and pedals. Re-torque all bolts. Check the wheels for loose spokes and trueness, and don’t forget to check your road repair kit. The rider probably needs a tune-up as well. Take time on your first rides to polish your bike handling and group riding skills. Don’t jump into the A group, if you’ve been a B rider all winter. Review the North Carolina bike laws which were revised last July.
Training Plan: Spring brings numerous group rides and time to socialize with friends that we haven’t seen all winter. But your “A” races in May and June are not far off, so make sure your rides are well integrated with your season objectives and training plan. Cycling as the longest of the three disciplines and the one that sets up the run will be the key contributor to your triathlon performance. Here are some tips to assure your spring riding supports your training objectives:
Having a purpose for each ride is fundamental to any training plan. It helps me to think about three kinds of rides.
So get out and enjoy the road and warmer weather, but do so safely with a keen eye on your objectives and training plan.
Spring has Sprung - Preparing for Spring Cycling