Offseason brings some downtime for Team Colavita

Updated: December 18, 2012, 8:30 AM ET
By Kathryn Bertine

A common misconception about pro athletes is that we train night and day, 365 days a year. The most successful pros know rest and variation are key to success, and a schedule of daily intensity and monotony will only bring burnout and fatigue. For a sport like cycling, where a professional season can last as long as 10 months, the holidays are a necessary and welcome time to change the training plan. Some cyclists continue to ride through the holidays but emphasize different ways of ...

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