#InsideOut: Chad Haga’s Off Season

How do you spend your winter? 

I spend my winter living a normal life, but in my home country! I spend so little time here that it almost feels like vacation.

Where could we typically find you during the off season?

Most of the time, I’m at home in Fort Collins, Colorado, but each year we make a few trips for vacation or to see family over the holidays. Much of my schedule is filled with seeing family and friends who I don’t get to see much during the season.

How does your training change through the winter? 

In the winter, my training is generally less intense on the bike as I rebuild after a nice rest period. It also includes a bit more time in the gym than during the race season.

How do you spend your spare time during off season? 

My spare time now is spent primarily with family and friends, either visiting them or having them over for dinner. I enjoy cooking, so I also spend a lot of time in the kitchen.

Did you have a holiday during the off season?

I didn’t have much time for a holiday this season, as I had nose surgery shortly after returning to fix some problems, and was stuck on the couch for my last week of rest before training again! We did make a short trip down to Tijuana, Mexico to build a house as part of a charity event, and we have just been to a Mexican resort this weekend for a cousin’s wedding, which was great!

Do you enjoy the time away from racing or are you looking forward to getting back come January?

At the beginning of the off-season, I’m glad that I don’t have to race again for a few months, but by the time the new year arrives and it’s time to pin a number on again, I look forward to it. I guess that’s the racing cycle!

Is there something in particular you would like to focus on for the upcoming season?

This year I reached a new level of consistency in time trials, also achieving my best result in a WorldTour TT. Next year, I want to challenge myself to continue progressing and achieving results in the ITTs.

Describe the difference between on/off season in one sentence.

In-season: time off the bike is spent resting; off-season: time off the bike is busy busy busy!