Well, if it (cycling training) is so trivial..then why aren't athletes training this way? To be honest with you..I don't have a clue. Actually, I do, I think it's because most are clueless. But, even if they are clueless..all you have to do is RIDE and you'll gain more Power. I've seen it. If you want to ride with more Power on the bike you're either going to have to train longer or smarter. I say "smarter" because you don't necessarily have to train long hours to be stronger (more powerful) on the bike. Hey, I know there are a LOT of coaches out there (mostly from the old school) that still profess the best way to get stronger (more powerful) on the bike is: JUST RIDE! (I'm talking 10-20 hrs. per week) And, there's a lot of truth to that..for obvious reasons. I don't know about you..but with my work schedule, social life, family life, other hobbies, etc. I don't have the time to JUST RIDE! (I'm lucky if I can fit in 8 hrs. of training a week.) Therefore, I need to train "smarter". And, I do that by Training with a Power Meter (developing the abilities mentioned above)...and doing a LOT of research on which workouts BEST develop those abilities. i.e. the best bang for the buck workouts.
It's up to you.. if you want to develop Power (that endures) you can train "smarter" or you can train "longer". Me, I'd rather train "smarter"..because quite frankly..I just don't have time to train/ride 10-20 hrs. per week nor would I want to. I don't think that would be fun...besides, there's more to life (at least I think so). Cycling..it IS a Power Sport!
Power ON! Coach Rob