In a perfect world, anyone training for races or for big fitness gains could all just be sponsored by big time companies, and put all their time into the training part, without having to worry about employment.
Unfortunately, that’s not the way things work. Whether you’re an amateur rider looking to get ready for the racing season, or just someone who wants to drastically improve their cycling and fitness on a consistent basis, training can be hindered by your job.
When training while employed full-time, you need to make the most of your training sessions. Here are some tips for doing just that.
It’s a pretty simple concept: longer races require longer training sessions.
If you’re really pressed for time with your training, pick shorter races to prepare for such as time trials, or cyclocross.
That way, you can cut down on the time needed to get ready.
Motivation can be a big factor with all this. Sometimes, after a long day at work, it can be hard to get yourself fired up for a long ride. This also takes away from time with friends and family. Knocking that ride out before work in the early morning makes things a lot easier overall.
This is actually one of the most obvious tips, but some forget it’s an option. While you may not be able to do it year-round, biking to work is a great way to ensure you’re getting some miles in every day.
It may take some getting used to at first, but once you’ve adjusted, figured out a route, and dress accordingly, you’ll end up looking forward to it.
Efficiency is key when you’re strapped for time. When you are training, you need to be make the most of every minute. Avoiding junk miles is a good way to do so.
Pick routes and areas where you can maintain a constant pedaling ratio, and not have to spend much time worrying about other traffic, lights, and sections of the path that interrupt your flow.
Indoor training bike products can be a huge asset when you don’t have all day to train every day. Whether you’re using an exercise bike, or attaching a rear wheel trainer to your bike, indoor trainers let you get a ride in without leaving your home.
This is great for when you don’t have time for a full ride, or need to be at home with the kids or pets. You can even do it while watching a movie or television show. All kinds of versatility here, so take advantage.
Working a full-time job doesn’t have to stop you from having an impactful training schedule. Follow the above tips to make sure you're still putting the work in, before or after you’ve put your “other” work in. Good luck!
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