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What to do Before the Off Season

After a hard competitive season with races on back to back weekends and little rest, you may be wondering- what now? It may not be obvious at first, but the first critical step is to take a break and give your body time to repair the damage caused by racing.  On the other hand, your bike probably doesn't need a break, but it probably needs a cleaning!
In a periodized training program, this first step is called the transition phase.  Lasting up to six weeks, the number one goal during this time period is to rehabilitate and recover by cutting mileage down significantly.
I'm probably not the only one who thinks that six weeks of low mileage training feels like an eternity, but trust me, it's absolutely necessary if you want a successful off-season.  Starting the off-season without rehabilitating injuries or correcting muscular imbalances will lead to a frustrating off-season riddled with unpredictable recovery days.  This brings us to the next important question:
WHAT'S T…