For the seasoned cyclist, every ride is a testament to skill, endurance, and passion. As you gear up for the Starlight Tour de Kids, the ride that gives back, Santini Australia brings you an expert guide tailored for the advanced rider. Dive deep into our tips and ensure you're not just riding but excelling.
Gearing Up for Long-Distance Challenges
Training phases is a systematic approach to training that involves varying your workouts over specific periods to optimize performance and reduce the risk of injury.
Here's how to implement it:
Typical phases include:- Endurance Phase: Focus on long, steady rides to build a solid aerobic base.
- Strength Phase: Incorporate hill climbs and resistance training to build muscle strength.
- Speed Phase: Introduce interval training, sprints, and time trials to enhance speed and anaerobic capacity.
- Tapering Phase: Reduce training volume leading up to the event, allowing your body to recover and peak on the day of the race.
- Microcycle: This is your weekly plan, ensuring you have a mix of hard training days, moderate days, and rest days.
Nutrition and Hydration
Fuelling your body correctly is paramount for optimal cycling performance:
- Before the Ride: Start hydrating the day before, ensuring you're well-hydrated before you begin.
- During the Ride: Aim to drink every 15-20 minutes. For longer rides, consider isotonic drinks that replenish lost salts and provide quick energy.
- After the Ride: Rehydrate and consider drinks that offer both hydration and recovery nutrients.
The mind plays a crucial role in determining how well you'll perform:
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Pre-Ride Dynamic Stretches
Post-Ride Static Stretches
The Starlight Tour de Kids is more than a competition; it's a testament to a cyclist's prowess and heart. As you prepare to take on the ride that gives back, let Santini Australia's expertise guide you. With the right preparation, not only will you be crossing the finish line with pride, but you'll also be making a difference in countless lives.
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