If there is one aspect of training that I believe is paramount for success in cycling, it is without a doubt- "consistency". Even if you're training plan isn't well thought out or optimized, as long as you're consistent with your training..you WILL see results (positive results). Too many athletes I see, and coach, wonder why they're either plateauing mid-season (around now) or not riding as strong as they should be. That's because for many of them, there are just too many distractions this time of year. Lets face it, it's pretty easy to train consistently (indoors) during the dark, cold, dreary months of January, February and March. What else is there to do? But when Spring/Summer roll around and the days are bright, sunny and warm there's all kinds of OTHER stuff to do: baseball games, fishing, swimming, boating, hiking, cookouts, outdoor concerts, golf outings, vacations, motorcycling, etc. The list is endless. But, all of these things have one thing in common and that they are ALL distractions to your training plan/schedule. That is, they take you off your game plan. Before you know it, you missed that weekly training Crit...or you missed that gym workout..or you missed that weekend fast group ride..both of which were making you faster/stronger.
I rode my fastest/strongest when I had a "consistent" training race on Tuesday nights, a really fast group ride on Thursday nights and a Race on the weekends.
So, if you want to stay on schedule and you want to continue to ride faster/stronger- BE CONSISTENT with your training.
Power ON! Coach Rob