It is no secret that adding more time to your weekly training volume often makes you stronger. Nevertheless, many riders experience the need for spending less time on cycling training for different reasons (for example want to spend more time with family, work or study). But as always it can be difficult to lower your ambitions at the same time.
In such situations it can be necessary to turn your training principles upside down. Simply put: train less and ride faster.
The first time I attempted this unusual strategy, I was really nervous, because I was afraid that my rider would not perform at his normal level. He had reduced his regular 20 hours per week training volume to a super-optimized training program of less than 10 hours a week.
No recovery rides and lots of interval training.
And guess what? He performed better than ever!
In actual fact, he won the first three races that season, and made it on to the under-23 national team.
That story illustrates how Time Effective Cycling Training can help busy people maintain or even improve their performance with less training.
The secret behind that story is a dedicated effort using the principles and tips covered in this e-book. Sure, he was a talented rider, but it is still worth noting that he reached a high competitive level whereas all the other riders were spending about twice the amount of time on their training.
If he can reduce his training amount by more than 50%, I believe most cyclists competing at lower levels can do the same.
Time Effective Cycling Training are Not for Talents Only
Don’t think that you need to be a young, talented rider to benefit from Time Effective Cycling Training. Remember, it is much more difficult for a highly trained athlete to maintain a performance level with less training.
It is not a question of age or talent. It is about a whole new way of thinking about training. The more untrained you are, the more potential you have to improve performance with the recommendations in this e-book.
When you have learned these techniques, you will realize that time is not the limiting factor for your cycling performance. The fact is, we all have exactly the same time available for training – 24 hours every single day.
“The main difference between you and a professional cyclist is how you prioritize your cycling training against other tasks.”
A professional cyclist gives the highest priority to his cycling training and living as a professional. Family, friends and education are all lower priorities. In that situation, time will never be a limiting factor to a successful cycling career. So if you really want more time for your cycling, you must remember that time is only a question of prioritizing.
If you want more time for something, then it is your decision and responsibility to make the time available. It is a question of being proactive.
However, almost everybody, including professional cyclists, value their family and friends more than cycling. Thus, if you had to choose between successfully living with friends and family, or a successful cycling career, I guess you would choose your friends and family.
These priorities bring the available time for training into play again and this is why Time Effective Cycling Training can benefit all cyclists, from recreational cyclists to riders in the Tour De France peloton.
Get the best possible results with limited time
Your goal should be to get best possible results with the time you have dedicated for cycling training. It is impossible to say how good you can get with, for example, eight hours per week.
The goal of this e-book, however, is to give you the tools to adjust your training principles and reach your individual maximum potential as a cyclist based on the time you have dedicated to cycling. By saying so, I also indicate that you can achieve better results if you train more, no doubt about that.
It is a new way to attack your challenging calendar. Instead of letting a stressful life stop you, you have the opportunity to get reach decent results with less time on your bike.
Since most of us dedicate our lives to more than just cycling training, we have to deal with the fact that our performance level, at least to some degree, depends on the time we have available for training. That means we have to remember our priorities when we analyze our performances.
We must remember our priorities at cycling events, our success in daily life events, in relationships with colleagues, friends and family or simply in any given situation you decide to invest your time in. As you can see, there are logical reasons why you do not have the same amount of time available for training as a professional cyclist.
Most professionals, however, do not train much more than four hours per day on average (28 hours per week), so if it is only a question of freeing up those four hours per day, you are probably much closer than you think.