It’s often said that if a person has $500 to spend on getting faster on the bike, that money is best spent not on equipment, but on coaching. A number of my teammates can attest to this.
I’ve worked with two local coaches, both of whom taught me a lot. The actual process of adhering to a predefined training program was a challenge for me, though. Despite my coaches’ flexibility and laid-back approaches, I felt like my training program was too much like a syllabus, with homework assignments, quizzes, and a final exam.
So, here’s what I’ve found works for me: I set meaningful goals, I focus on a two or three key workouts per week, and I just have fun riding my bike. Every once in a while I force myself out for one of those key workouts when I don’t feel like riding, but for the most part, I make sure not to overdraw on my motivation.
I’ll write more on those subjects – meaningful goals, key workouts, and having fun – in future posts. I’ll also expand on motivation and what in particular motivates me this season.
Great post. Regimented training plans are great, but feel like “paint by numbers.” And there seems to be so much conflicting info out there… “do this for your base period” while another says something different, and yet another says don’t worry about going too slow in the base phase. I realize that everyone’s different, but I’m looking forward to hearing your two cents as to what’s worked for you in terms of key workouts, etc.
i would like to know what your two or three key workouts consist of? Thanks… I enjoy the blog.