Christmas comes just once a year – but you don’t have to to let it interfere with all the hard work you’ve been doing for the other eleven and a half months.
There’s no reason you need to let your fitness drop over the festive period – but with plenty of other distractions floating around, sometimes you need a little more motivation.
Here are three ‘fun’ challenges that will definitely keep you pushing…
Race your friends on Zwift
The months of December and January aren’t the best for riding outside. Sometimes you can wrap up and get a good ride in, but there will be days when you just can’t complete the ride or intervals you wanted given the conditions. However, turbo training can be boring.
That’s where Zwift comes in. With Zwift, you can connect with riders across the world and enjoy famous routes and climbs. All you need to use the platform is a turbo trainer, a PC or Mac, a speed/cadence sensor (or a power meter if you have one) and an Ant+ dongle that will communicate your information to the programme.
Once set up (you can dress your rider in the appropriate kit!), your speed on the screen will relate to your speed on the bike – start slacking and your mate will pull away, but if you put in an attack they’ll know about it.
It’s a bit like a weird cross between Strava, Facebook, and the Sims… but certainly a lot more fun than turbo-ing on your own!