With the end of the riding season fast approaching it is time to start thinking about your plans for this off-season’s training. How you ride and perform next season depends on what you do in the off-season, making it a critical part of the progress you hope to see year after year.

And while most riders would agree that an off-season training plan is important, few of them seem to have a really solid plan to help them achieve it. Sure, they may have some sort of plan which is better than nothing but most riders make some critical mistakes that really cost them down the road.

These mistakes include…

1) Not making good use of periodization principles. Too many riders skip the Transition and General Physical Prep Phase which really hurts their ability to ride strong all season long. By focusing on flexibility, strength and cross-training for a while you allow your body to recover from the specific stresses of riding and build a stronger foundation to work from.

2) Not making use of “inefficiency training”. Too many riders use methods of training that are actually more efficient than riding a mountain bike. By using less efficient methods like using smaller wheels, a heavier bike, less efficient suspension and *gasp* flat pedals you can force an even stronger adaptation from the body during cardio training.

In this new podcast I go over the basic parts of a periodization plan and explain how these common mistakes hold you back and how you can avoid them. No matter what training program you plan on using this off-season these tips will help you get the most out of it.

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I hope you find these tips helpful when thinking about your plans for the off-season, if you have any questions on this subject be sure to post them below and I’ll be happy to answer them.

Until next time…

Ride Strong,

James Wilson

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