EN­DURANCE TAKES TIME

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - FEATURE -

cy­cling is an en­durance sport and you can’t get fast in one year. One of my early men­tors, Juerg Feld­mann, set me up for suc­cess by telling me I needed to work hard for five years be­fore I would re­ally see the re­sults of my ef­forts. His anal­ogy is that train­ing is like build­ing a house; you need to put in the time to build a foun­da­tion, put up the walls, put on the roof, etc. When your house is fi­nally fin­ished you can buy a stereo, start to party and en­joy it. Suc­cess doesn’t

first.{ ge­off kabush’ come with­out hard work

i’ve seen time and time again peo­ple ex­pect­ing to see big im­prove­ments by in­creas­ing train­ing loads sig­nif­i­cantly. Some­times they do see big gains, but gen­er­ally these are fleet­ing. I al­ways try and stress with both rid­ers young and old that de­vel­op­ing the aer­o­bic sys­tem re­quired for cy­cling takes years to de­velop. In most cases, you can’t in­crease train­ing loads more than 10 to 15 per cent per year with­out run­ning into prob­lems with in­jury and/or over-train­ing. Build­ing the en­gine takes time. Be pa­tient. Man­age your ex­pec­ta­tions and en­joy the process. We are af­ter all do­ing some­thing that should be fun: (andrew pin­foldf rid­ing bikes.

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