If you want to be a successful cyclist, there a lot of things you need to do, including training hard, staying motivated and buying the right gear. But what about what you shouldn’t do?
Become too fixated on the numbers.
“Cyclists love to share numbers, whether power output or training stress scores,” said Lauren Diaz of DelaFina Racing. “But some training sessions are better measured based on perceived effort, so cut yourself a break if you don’t always hit your numbers.”
Skimp on meals and recovery.
Want to be able to train hard? You need to fuel your body. Skipping meals means less energy and less motivation to train.
And without rest, not only are you denying your body time to adapt to the stress it’s under, but also you are sure to start your next workout under-fueled, exhausted, or possibly fighting off illness or injury. Rest is needed to repair, rebuild and restrengthen. Focus on good recovery just as much as quality training!
Miss out on group rides.
Group rides teach valuable lessons about bike handling, drafting and ride etiquette that you can’t learn by yourself. Plus, there is the opportunity to network and meet new friends!
Lose your “why.”
We often get wrapped up in performance-based results. To help avoid burnout, always check back on “why” you started in the first place. Are you still being true to you?
- Compare yourself to others.
This is so much easier said than done, and athletes have it rough. There’s always someone out there who’s faster, stronger, or “more talented.” But at the end of the day, you can’t change anyone else’s stats but your own.
- Look to see who is racing before signing up.
“I don’t look anymore to see who is racing a certain race because it’s not going to make me prepare any differently,” said cyclist Josh Tostado. “You really just have to worry about your own performance and try to have the best race you can have no matter what place you come in.”
DON’T ride in cotton socks. Unless you want your feet to be sweaty, smelly, swollen and blister-y.