I keep ruminating over training ideas, how to get faster, etc - as if somehow I could do something with it, as if I was 20 years old. Its funny really - I don't know my potential but somehow the idea to be the absolute best I can burns in me anyway. But my body cannot seem to recover from hard efforts- two harder rides a week and Im done, maybe even going backwards. Feels like a waste of time doing zone 2 on the trainer or elsewhere but I need it to recover!
So I think I came to a couple of conclusions re:training - Also need to take it less seriously I think
1. Best way to train for me seems to be to race, whether officially or by riding with a group of higher cat guys who tend to get aggro. Its way more fun than doing intervals, teaches me better riding skills and I seem to push myself hard as f@#% when I do this. I can't really race that much due to time and cost of gas but there are tons of fast team rides and group rides to choose from, no problems there.
2. I can only do #1 above at most twice a week - Im not sure if that will ever change but Im just going to have to hold it in and go easy the rest of the time or I will never recover and end up underperforming when I do attempt a hard ride - Apparently what I lack is patience! If it takes me 5 years to get to cat3(assuming its even possible) then thats just going to be when it happens, not sooner. Think I am better off just saving myself for races and killer grouprides and getting the most fun out of it that way - those will be my 'intervals' and the easy stuff will just be relaxation and time to recover from the hard stuff (and the stress of work life)
- I suspect I will get better results this way and have more fun.. Anyone here agree or have a different opinion?
no offense but by 'older' I mean 40.