As I was on a little training ride this week, I heard a genteel man say he wants to climb better by next spring. I asked him what he was doing to climb better. He replied he was riding his bike. I asked so where are you riding your bike. As a coach I tend to ask some rhetorical questions. He replied you know around, I like a route that goes by the river and then I like to go up to the old farms north of here. I stopped him right there and said, “Sir if you want to climb better, you need to climb hills”. I started explaining specifity and how it really applies to anything you do in life. Of course at that point it is a good time to start “selling myself” as a coach and trainer. I briefly and in general terms explained to him what I would do. So we will see if he wants to climb faster, or if I will continue to see him on the same training rides. The good news The Lead Pack Cycling Group’s training ride is hilly, and I told him to come out for further climbing tips.
Don’t get me wrong, there is way more to riding with a purpose. Like how do you expect to get better riding a work out made for someone else? How do you plan on getting fast if you never do any fast intervals? How do you plan on having endurance riding short rides? So what if your goal is to be able to just be a good cyclist? That is where a good coach comes into play. A good coach knows how to listen and plan. A good coach doesn’t just kill you with physiological jargon. Don’t get me wrong, he/she needs to know their stuff, but almost more importantly they need to know how to use their knowledge. I think a good example of this is looking at the general fitness industry. It has stripped all the workouts down to high tempo circuit/ interval training (plyometrics). Some of the same agility drills you did for basketball, soccer, football, and tennis applied to your general workout. You don’t need a state of the art gym to get an awesome workout. In some cases, all you need is an old fashion jungle gym, or just you and some will.
In closing, I just need to say that to get better you train. I know how crazy is that? You train specifically and with intention. Don’t let a cookie cut plan be your plan. If you do follow that cookie cut plan, you will get cookie cut results. Take your training to a personal level of greatness.
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