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Helen Russell´s Blog update Getting the most out of your warm weather training

19/01/2015
Helen Russell´s  Blog update Getting the most out of your warm weather training

It’s not long until I depart for my warm weather training with Ciclo Costa Blanca and I’m starting to plan some of my training. Normally in the winter I try to get one or two weeks of overseas training and use a tried and tested programme. However, this year I will be away for five weeks, which means that I have to give more thought to writing a schedule that strikes a balance between making the most of the great roads and sun and ensuring that I don’t get too carried away and over-train. Easier said than done!

So, if you are thinking of escaping to the sun for some training, what should you consider? I managed to catch up with three elite athletes to get their top tips on how to make the most of your training holiday.

Fiona Duncan - Para-Cyclist

Silver medallist at the 2011 Para-Cycling Track World Championships. Gold medallist in in the 2012 Time Trial UCI Para-Cycling Road World Cup and 4th at London 2012 in the 3km pursuit and track time trial.

Apart from the sun, what is the best thing about warm weather training?

Obviously, the sun is the best thing. Training is always more fun in nice weather, especially when you know it is cold and snowy at home.  It’s good to be able to get lots of miles in and not worry about catching a cold or sliding on ice. Also, it’s great to be able to focus on training and recovery without the distractions of home.

What top tip would you give to people considering doing some warm weather training?

Do some research into the type of terrain where you are planning to train and make sure it fits with the type of training you want to do.

 

Jodie Stimpson - triathlete

Current Commonwealth Games double gold medal winner and 4th in 2014 World Triathlon Race Series.

Apart from the sun, what is the best thing about warm weather training?

It’s a lot easier to get the long rides in but it’s also good to train with the British Triathlon group and get a good period of training in before Christmas, when pool times are limited and icy roads make cycling and running less safe.

What top tip would you give to people considering doing some warm weather training?

Go, go, go! It’s a great feeling to go away for 7-14 days on a training camp, especially for people who work full time. If possible get away with a training group to make it even more fun. 

Helen Jenkins - triathlete

Fifth place 2012 Olympic Games and 2008 and 2011 World Triathlon Champion.

Apart from the sun, what is the best thing about warm weather training?

It’s a nice change to be out of the bad winter weather and so nice to go out training in shorts and a t-shirt. Not having to put on lots of layers before heading out the door is good!

What top tip would you give to people considering doing some warm weather training?

You can really get stuck into the training as you are away from home with nothing else to do but train. I would recommend writing a training plan so you don’t do too much the first few days and get too tired – pace yourself! Also don’t forget to account for the fact that it will be warmer and it is important to stay hydrated.

 

Top tips:

 Don’t do too much. It is tempting to do a lot of extra training but this can lead to fatigue or worse injury. Ease yourself into the training and make sure you have plenty of recovery time. It is probably a good idea to go with an idea of how many hours of training you want to do and stick with it to avoid overtraining.

 

- On a training week volume is better than intensity. The aim of winter training is to get a good training block so aim for a week of base training rather than too much intense speed work.

- Stay hydrated. It is so easy to get dehydrated whilst training in the heat. Make sure you take some powdered carbohydrate and electrolyte drinks that you can make.

- If you hire a bike make sure you take your bike measurements with you. You will be in pain if you cycle for a week in the wrong position. If you wear cleats remember to take your bike pedals with you.