Canadian Cycling Magazine - - FEATURE -

one of the best train­ing tips I was ever given was about plan­ning and eval­u­at­ing the needs of your dis­ci­pline. A lot of peo­ple train by “tradition” or “cul­ture.” The more time you spend eval­u­at­ing the de­mands of the sport, the eas­ier it be­comes to plan your train­ing.

For ex­am­ple, if you are train­ing for an event that will last be­tween six and eight hours, the usual think­ing would be that you need to do big weeks of train­ing or, as peo­ple say, “Put in the hours.” The re­al­ity is that, even if you put in four hours a day, ev­ery day, you will never know how your body re­acts to six hours of rac­ing. You will not know how to eat or hy­drate prop­erly for six hours. One of the first train­ing ob­jec­tives should be to progress slowly to big days that will be as long as the event to learn how Cdavid gagnonf the body han­dles the de­mands.

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