How much Cycling Training Hours is needed?
Cycling Training Hours
The cycling training hours required for cycling can make for mythical and exaggerated anecdotes.
Often I have found myself surrounded by groups of cyclist who throw around astronomical number of hours they train. If they aren’t tossing around sufficiently high enough numbers they are unquestionably whining about the lack of hours they’re training.
Excuses as to why their performance is suffering is focused solely on their cycling training hours. They’re either training to little or too much. Why have cyclist’s become obsessed with their training hours?
The most prevalent reason would be because past champions have demonstrated a link between training more and better performance. The best have seemingly done more, or preached a do-more principal. Train more and you’ll get better. Winners train the most, loser train less!
Early scientific studies purported similar evidence. Higher volumes of training correlated to better performance. Cycling culture quickly became entrenched with the notion that more cycling training hours would equate to more fitness.
The amount you spend on your bike or training should not be the prevailing or dominant training variable in your overall plan. Your approach should always be holistic in nature. Don’t forget frequency, and intensity and how it all relates to one another. Banging out endless hours of training for the sake of hitting a specific number is not training.
I need to train x amounts of hours to be a better cyclist
This is continually being challenged with the data coaches and scientist are attaining via power meters. By now you would think cyclist and coaches would finally get it!! It’s about applying a specific stress and adapting to it. The amount of hours is important, but its importance needs to be understood and not exaggerated. Like any other facet of training it needs to follow a sequence and have a purpose within the athletes overall training plan.
Cycling Training Program: Manage Fatigue and Improve
Your goal with any cycling training program should be to maximize your performance. You need to set objectives and design an appropriate training plan that allows you to accomplish your desired goal. The plan must be specific and individual and must induce physiological and psychological improvements while managing fatigue.
Recreational cyclists who simply enjoy their cycling may not need to have a structured training program. However, the aspiring cyclist, and the competitive cyclist must have a plan. You will not succeed without one.
A cycling training program plays a critical role in managing stress and adaptation. It is designed to ensure that a cyclist is optimally prepared to reach his/her targeted goal and objective. A successful program provides assurance that an athlete will be physically and psychologically prepared to undergo the desired stressors to maximize his/her potential. A cyclist will prosper if he is able to adapt to the program and improve.
Many cyclists logically understand the importance of physiological parameters but they lack the knowledge to implement them correctly in an integrated plan. Often they lack the ability to intimately understand recovery. Fatigue and pain are easily identified, but feeling healthy, strong and rejuvenated are not. Cycling training is supposed to be tough and hard. You can’t be a Champion if you’re not living in a state of fatigue. And, tiredness and achy muscles should be your new best friends. Wrong!