Your heart is pumping, your legs are burning, and you’re dripping enough sweat to put out a small forest fire.
You are suffering.
But is your suffering worthwhile? Are you “just riding” every day without a strategic approach to your training? Are your efforts hard enough to force physical adaptations? Do you take easy days for recovery so you can repeat your critical workouts?
Having a strategic approach and structured training means every workout has a purpose. Every step, pedal and stroke is being performed with the confidence it’s the right thing to do and performed the right way. The post, The Right Way to Train, shares four essential components of deliberate practice, and based on these four components, there is a 4-step process that embodies the right way to train:
- Set a specific goal
- Get expert instruction
- Perform structured training
- Get immediate feedback
Having a strategic approach includes not only having the tools needed, but also, including a comprehensive plan. Meaning, a plan that includes training on the bike and off the bike. Daily nutrition and sleep habits play a vital role in training properly. Managing your overall stress levels, including time management, ensures proper recovery.
As you prepare for your 2014 season as an athlete, make sure you have all of the components to training “the right way” to achieve your goal.
Having ambition goals for the season is great. Discover what you need to support your training in reaching those goals. Do you need a cycling coach? Maybe you need a bike fit or training software? Having the right tools, systems, habits, and overall strategy in place can make the difference between suffering through your season with disappointment or making big gains in reward and satisfaction.