Time for a change.
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: 6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
Bikes: Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
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To be able to go faster you have to train, train, train, train and lots of rest. There is such a thing as overtraining. Not saying that this is your problem but you know your body and what it needs.
I mainly do events and rides that do not require speed, but LAST year- I went down the gym regularly. Same routine- same machines for the same length of time. After a few months I noticed a big improvement in times- speed- fitness - recovery time etc. Still got in the regular rides and noticed the gradual improvements to match the gym work. Then it all started to go off. Had a chat with a trainer and she thought that I had improved to a limit and getting over that limit was going to take a bit of work- Either work harder in each session- or cut back in effort but replace the Cardio side with a bit of strength training. Went for the strength training on the weights but it didn't work and I tried it for a month. Then I went back to the system I had started with and cut back on the strength training. 2 weeks later and I was back above my old level.
To keep top fitness you have to train- but my rest was to train just as hard but in a different way for 1 month. Worked for me
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