Managing time to fit in training can be one of the biggest barriers to progression. Work at Le Col and family commitments are often at odds with reaching peak levels of fitness, and it’s no wonder that professional athletes from all sports have to take extended periods of time away from their home environment to achieve their potential. On the flip side, they will then then spend many months of the year in the off-season back at home, reprioritising.
As the weather improves, this is the time of year where the cyclist that can train the smartest will see the biggest gains heading in to race season.
MAKE THE MOST OF THE TIME YOU HAVE
I've transitioned from being a full time competitive cyclist to focussing on running a business, and being a family man too. As you can imagine, there are times when my priorities clash.
However, with as little as 6-8 hours a week available to train, it is possible to progress and reach a strong level of fitness. In this range you can still perform at a high level with consistent quality. If you have less than 6 hours available, you will have to concede a little on your expectations.
To really get the best out of yourself on low training volume:
- Focus on high intensity, structured workouts
- Do fewer slower 'base miles' or rides where you are in fat burning’ zones for extended periods of time
- Don't worry about recovery rides