How is my efficiency as a competitive cyclist??
On my flight back to Washington from the US Military CyclingTeam ‘s training camp in Tampa, my teammate, Jim, and I chatted about the things coaches find interesting: how much better life would be if our athletes would only execute the training program as written, different ways to encourage better FTP test and so on. During our conversation about efficiency, I had an “a-ha” moment that I wanted to share.
What does this term, “life style” mean? On Amazon, there are books that talk about the time-crunched cyclist, but they are focusing in on simply the workouts. My discussion with Jim becomes important in this context. Competitive cyclists hire coaches like us to design their training plans, which gives the athlete a better quality training strategy (outsourcing gains) and increases free time (opportunity cost). The important question: what do they do with this extra time? This is where being a competitive cyclist, whether pro or Master’s racer, becomes a life style and simply not something to do on the weekends.
All of these are just food for thought. My discussion with Jim made me think. Am I really committed to being the best amateur cyclist I can be, or am I simply going through the motions, being Nutritional Inefficient, Workout inefficient, Sleep Ineff…. You get the point.