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220’s Winter Training Advent Calendar (Part 3)

From goal setting to bike maintenance, and immune system boosting to off-road racing, part three of the Winter Training Advent Calendar has it all...

17 Set Goals

During the season these are usually found in the form of races, but during the winter try focusing on others like weekly volume targets, technique improvements or performances in timed workouts/time trials to keep you pushing for progress.

18 Puncture Avoidance

Thick winter training tyres may not look so cool, but neither does standing by the side of the road getting soaked by passing trucks as you wrestle with your third puncture of the ride. Well worth the investment.

19 Bike Maintenance

Get a new chain, sprockets, cables and shoe cleats. Lube up the bits that need it. Increased winter miles are hard on the bike and you don’t want it letting you down 30 miles from home.

20 Plan Your Season

Races fill up super fast these days, so keep an eye on the calendar for 2012 and get in early with your entries. Feel the motivation levels for training increase as you commit hard-earned cash to your quest!

21 Keep Your Immune System Healthy

Good, varied natural foods, a sensible sleeping routine, moderate alcohol intake and partying as well as not over-training sound boring, but is the best way to fend doff colds and viruses.

22 Vary Your Training

Whilst swim/bike/run will always be the staple training diet at this time of the year, circuit classes, gym work mountain biking and other diversions can be great additions to your week.

23 Go Off-Road

For the scenery, for the strength element, for the injury prevention and for the variety. Biking and running away from the tarmac has real benefits and will also keep your washing machine from gathering dust.

Profile image of Matt Baird Matt Baird Editor of Cycling Plus magazine


Matt is a regular contributor to 220 Triathlon, having joined the magazine in 2008. He’s raced everything from super-sprint to Ironman, duathlons and off-road triathlons, and can regularly be seen on the roads and trails around Bristol. Matt is the author of Triathlon! from Aurum Press and is now the editor of Cycling Plus magazine.