At first, improving your personal best is delightfully easy. From couch potato to runner bean, you have watched the bathroom scales tip further and further in your favour whilst every time you head out, you beat the clock with joyful certainty. Faster, fitter, stronger, better; on and on you go, you are on an ever rising peak of performance, you are unstoppable.
But then one day, the bathroom scales don’t move… and it’s the clock’s turn to win the race. You still train hard and continue to eat well, you know what to do and what not to do, but somehow you have plateaued. Only now the winter has set in and the lung-busting, post-work sessions are becoming less frequent, less enjoyable. There is no substitute for hard work, a good diet and an intelligent understanding of how your body performs, but if your training has become a bit jaded then have a look at a few of our favourite tips to give you some inspiration.
Whatever you are passionate about, from running and cycling, to hill walking, climbing or winter mountaineering, we have made a few suggestions that will have you beating the clock and moving up a grade once more.