A lot of fans of cycling and biking are often awed by the stamina and tenacity of their favorite cyclists. While riding a bike may seem like a piece of cake to non-athletes, the capability to last long laps and ride fast is imperative if you’re competing. As such, professional cyclists train long and relentlessly for the respective categories they belong to, whether its brevets, centuries, or double centuries.
In this year’s OCBC Cycling Malaysia leg, we’ve seen outstanding performances brought to the world by no less than the best of riders. But the thing is while they make it seem effortless the brutal reality is that they undergo rigorous training to become the champions that they are. Perhaps you too are looking for things to do and not do while preparing for an endurance cycling gig and if you are, here are some of the things you should avoid to maximize your training.
1. Focusing on Slow and Steady Miles
You may be able to ride consistently a long distance but if you remain cycling at the same speed, it may be counterintuitive with your endurance training. The whole point of endurance cycling is to become flexible with different paces and trails, a skill that is required among all cyclists. As such, you should train yourself to ride long distances as fast and as steadily as you can, and doing everything in between (e.g. changing gears, fixing a flat tire, etc.) as quickly as possible. Make sure that you’re comfortable when you’re riding your bike and allow your body to acclimate to the saddle, aerobars, pedals, and even your shoes. By doing this, you can also train yourself to regulate your breathing patterns and heart rate, both of which are crucial to sustaining an endurance cycling session.
2. Minimal Speedwork Training
Just because you can ride a long distance doesn’t always mean that you can sustain an endurance cycle. If you don’t train yourself to go as far in a fast pace, you may not do so well in the long run. The secret to being able to ride like lightning is by training yourself to bike at a constantly high speed. You can participate in races to help you gauge how far and fast you can actually go.
3. Not Taking a Break
While consistent training is crucial to an endurance cyclist, you also need to take a break from your bike. Allowing yourself to recover helps your body to control your heart rate and gives your legs a chance to repair after burning them from riding. If hammering yourself at training hard and extensively is necessary to endurance cycling, taking the time to recuperate is also crucial to keeping yourself in good shape.
While riding at top speed is imperative to an endurance cycling session, you also need to remember that you need to optimize your bodily functions to sustain such a strenuous exercise. Aside from