As we just start into the Fall, the weather gets a bit cooler and the leaves start to change, it can be the perfect time for you to start thinking about your fitness goals for next season. It is often the time of year that I’m still coming off of the excitement of our summer season of bike tours in Europe, but must admit, looking at the cold of winter with a little trepidation.
I just finished reading a blog post from the Fuel Right Blog which had several good tips and recipes for fat loss in the off-season. Cyclists, triathletes and other endurance athletes are always seeking to improve their performance and the issue of fat loss seems to always be near the top of the list in terms of discussion topics.
What was nice about the Fuel Right Blog was that it approaches your off-season fat loss goals through sensible, healthy exercise and nutrition tips and not through a fad diet or “special” fat loss product. It’s not about drastically trying to get down to “race weight” or extreme training. Rather, it looks at how your training will probably change in the off season, the common pitfalls and how you can best navigate them. Kelli, the author, is a registered dietician but also an endurance athlete herself, so she seems to speak from personal as well as professional experience. I particularly like that she included recipes as well. For me, the transition from many hours on the bike during the summer to less hours riding during the winter and fall, is as much about taking a mental break as well as a physical one. Offering up some new recipe ideas for the off season is a neat idea, in my opinion. It will help freshen up my diet as well as my workouts.