The best way to train is by riding. Ride a couple of times a week if possible, take indoor spinning classes, ride your trainer, and just put time in the saddle.
For complete training guidance we strongly recommend a coach.
We will be riding 200-400 miles in cool weather over the course of your two-week trip, so you should prepare for this by doing at least a few rides outside in the cold at home. You should also be prepared for a big 5-6 hour ride on one day. Here is an example of the training we might do:
“…I will get ready for Belgium by riding the trainer indoors (or a spin class) twice a week and a long 4-5 hour ride on the weekend. As we are traveling in April for the Spring Classics, I would be well into this program at the end of February. Prior to March, I would be attending at least one spin class or indoor trainer session and 2-3 hours outside during each week…” John, trip guide
If you don’t have the time for the long rides on the weekends, you can certainly replace the time with effort. Spin classes can provide quite a bit of effort, but we have to admit that indoor training is a time for easier spinning. Studies have shown 30 minutes of intervals (1 on 2 off) is the same as 2 hours steady riding.
The best part of training is the recovery phase! Make sure to stretch after every winter ride. A good night’s sleep after a hard workout is very important in realizing gains from the effort. Perhaps the week before traveling you can skip one or two workouts to make sure you are fresh once you get to your destination.