Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Training Well VS. Racing Well.

Have you ever run into anyone that'll blow your doors off on a training ride, yet for some reason, he/she never seems to live up to their potential in a racing situation? Or, the opposite, you know a slacker who seems to train slow and lays low during training rides, yet comes out to play on race day and kicks butt. I've known/know some like this and find the topic fascinating. Verrrrry Interesting.


Kyle Jones said...

I had this happen when I was a junior. I was king of the training rides. Guys said I was destined to go into pros. Haha. I would go to a race and would be blown out the back by the same schmucks I killed on the tuesday and thursday rides. Some of the top riders on my team ride hard and alone one day a week. They kill it in the races but say they would suck on the standard group ride.

John P. said...

I had a similar thing in cross country back in college. Our fastest guy was slow everywhere during training, speed workouts, long days, short days, everything. Yet come race day he flew!

Chrispy said...

I am coming from a running background but I am sure all the same principles of training will work for bicycling also. 90 to 95% percent of your training should be easy. Only about 5 to 10% should be considered difficult.

The problem with most people is they are not patient enough to take it easy. They think they have to race every day. Remember each type of workout has it's purpose. If you are racing every day you won't be ready for your next difficult workout.