In some aspect of everyone’s life I think people become complacent. Complacency: It is said that on a scale of 1-10 people usually have to be below 4 to actually make the change needed to gain different results. To do the same thing over and over again and expect a different result is the definition of Insanity!
This should not be the case if your plans include racing better this upcoming season! For stronger cycling, you must push those numbers, strive for more – NOT strive for just what you did last time. That is similar to doing an interval at the same levels week after week – year after year – and then expect to become a Stronger Cyclist.
I know people that their only instinct is to survive the group ride each time they go out. Although that maybe an accomplishment, your goals must change and be more clearly identified than that. After all, how would you ever get ride at the front of a group if your goal is just to ride with the group.
Some folks will do the same intervals by reaching to the same wattage numbers each time – even though their heart rates (HR) will drop for the same effort. They have become complacent in their training! For some reason they are not striving to attain larger goals than what they know they can do. While there maybe comfort in that scenario and to reach a little more will be uncomfortable, their focus is too short sighted on getting through today. The focus needs to be doing as much work as possible throughout the whole interval. “Throughout the whole interval” is the key.
On hard days, put out as much effort into the workout as possible.
On easy days, ride so easy that you feel like you have put out No effort at all.
When racing: save the hardest effort for the keys areas of the race, whether that is getting into the correct break, or the sprint.
Remain focused on your goals for your training – remember you have a big race coming up!
“Suffer in training so you can succeed at racing”