We find ourselves setting new goals in the new year but how many people end up living up to these goals. The same goes for bicycle riding. If you want to get better at it, you need to set goals. Here are seven tips that would help you get to where want to without giving up.
Set your priorities
To do this effectively, divide your events into three categories according to their importance. For instance key events which would include one or two interesting rides around the year. Training rides would be to help you prepare for the major or key events while fun rides events are just basically for fun.
Also if your aim is to work on your cruising speed, endurance or climbing, you would need a different kind of training You can decide to work on your cruising speed or climbing after you have built your endurance base. It is important to note that if you want to climb better, you have to build more power while to achieve a higher cruising speed, you will need both power and improved climbing.
For example, if you are choosing a key event make sure you have a specific event that you have marked down for. If your goal is to improve your performance, it’s high time you work on focusing on building more power.
If you measure your riding goal to be 100k miles and not just 50 miles for power building, you do not require a heart rate monitor or power meter. You can easily measure this by doing a baseline time trial which is something you may want to repeat every four weeks. If you notice that you can ride faster, then it means you’ve developed more power.
Your goals should be something you know that you can achieve. If you’re just a beginner in riding, it would be illogical to start with rides of 100k. You can start training with 40 to 50 miles rides until you know you are fit enough to take up the 100k challenge. For you to ride better you should have improved your endurance base and must have the motivation to train much harder.
Your riding goal much is something that is not beyond reality. For instance, you can decide to do training rides for 6 to 8 hours every week. This would mean having to fix hours in-between the days of the week to get the total number of hours.
You can also develop more power by doing enough hard rides every week and an endurance ride during the weekends. You can choose to stick to just two hard rides during your training hours in the week because, after the hard rides, you will get tired. It might also affect your performance at home and at work.
Plan your time well whether it is for key events or for training rides. For performance building, you may need to divide your time to build on one aspect. For instance, you can choose April to work on time trial performance by at least 3% while another period can be used to improve your climbing.
You can do this by simply rotating your weeks with longer or shorter rides. This will help you prevent the issue of injuries. Your plan will evolve gradually and you can also have at least one week rest period in-between your training.
Using these methods, you would be able to achieve your riding goal without difficulty. So why not start setting up your new goal for your next ride?