Monday, 8 June 2015

How to train SMART when you cycle

One of the hardest parts of taking up a new sport is knowing where and how to start. You're not sure how to get - and keep - going - or even what to wear. Which is how I happened across cyclewear brand Fat Lad At the Back. The company produce a range of bike clothing specially designed to fit the average-sized UK man and women (the female range is Fat Lass At The Back) - not some super sleek athlete (or model) that has a natural affinity with lycra and elastane!

This is little old me, testing out the
Galavantin' short sleeve jersey - with the cleverly-designed
 graduated colour way from Fat Lass At The Back!
The label is produced in Italy and created to make the wearer, whatever their size, feel comfortable and confident in their workout gear. The the 'lasses' clobber for example, has been designed to complement the shape of a typical women with a one-of-a-kind outline to flatter female curves. Instead of leading you to wonder if you are  S-, M- or L-sized,  the sizing is based on the hips, bust and waist (you know, like, um regular clothes are!!!). 

And as for how to start - and make some headway with - your new interest in two wheels, Fat Lad At the Back also has the answer! The company has teamed up with Better Cycling (a company that offers cycle coaching, fitness training, mentoring and bike fit to all levels of cyclist). And Mike Wilson, Better Cycling's Head Coach says that to gain the most benefit from training it must be structured,. He even has a great little acronym for how he recommends you train. It goes like this!

Train SMART 


State what you want to achieve - what are your goals? This might be to complete a specific event or a set distance. Alternatively it might be to complete an event within a certain time, for example to ride a mile event in under 4 hours.


Ask yourself how you will demonstrate to what extent your goal is achieved.


Bear in mind the goal MUST be within your ability to attain.


Identify the goals that are most important to you - time, distance or regularity perhaps?


Set start and finish dates for timely goal completion. If you are new to cycling and your aim is to complete a 50-mile sportive then the time required to progress to this will be dependent upon your starting fitness level. Starting from scratch you may need to aim to progress by an additional 10 miles per month to your weekly longer ride (it will take approximately four to five months to be comfortable in achieving a 50-mile ultimate target).

And Mike's last little Top Tip is to write down your own SMART plan and revisit it every week to assess progress and reset goals.

What are you waiting for? Time to get on your bike! And do let me know how you get on training SMART...

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  1. This is exactly what I need to get me back into cycling! Planning a fan in my head, and cycling is my weakness... Thanks for sharing and joining #FitnessTuesday

    1. Forgot to say, i love you cycling top! Very jealous! ;-)

    2. I did need to force myself to cycle - and knowing I had the event has pushed me on when it's been all too easy to avoid! I tried out the Tri route this weekend - and have definitely improved a little since I first went around it. The hills didn't seem quite as bad!!!!

  2. Fantastic, I think the SMART goals are very important and I need to be better at making mine achievable I think. Enjoy your cycling! Thanks for linking with #BloggingToJogging xx

    1. It has been good to get out of my comfort zone. I keep telling myself that I have achieved something just by being out on my bike! Thanks for commenting.

  3. I love the SMART goals, they fit in with any form of training. Good luck with your cycling. Thanks for linking up with #FitnessFriday


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