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Bicycle training - My experiences

In the past I've been training a lot and done pretty well. I've managed to become a national champion in two different sports at the same time. Besides that I've always managed to do pretty well in most of the competitive sports I set my mind to.

When it comes to bicycle training, I usually disagree with most riders, who usually think that as long as you train 100 - 200 km a day you're going to do pretty well. I've been there too and yes, I managed pretty well. But the big boost came after changing my diet, training and especially stretching routines after talking to a sports physician.

At my peak I developed 4 week programs on my own, which is challenging, but not impossible. I will try and give you an example at the bottom of this article.

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Checking your fitness

On the internet you can find many links and pages with information on how to check your fitness. I have decided to translate the ones I have and still use while training. Please keep in mind, that these tests aren't a 100% accurate. This is due to the fact that the more you train, the better you know how to plan your run/race. What this actually means is that you are not giving it a 100% all the way. In order to have a reliable fitness number, you need to contact a sports laboratory that has the necessary equipment.

Be warned, the test is pretty tough, been there - done that.

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