Hire a Cycling Coach
Just like literally any other branch of sport, cycling will require an eye of a veteran if you’re to become any good at it. It’s not that you cannot hold up to the discipline you have set for yourself or that you don’t understand what the intensity of your workout should be, I’m sure you do. However, things like your posture, cycling strategies, taking the most advantage of the possibilities of your bike are just a few things among many that coaches are great for. If you can’t afford one on regular basis, search online and find one that has many good reviews about him. Then, contact him or her and ask them to train you, let’s say, once a month, to track progress and give more suggestions. But you need to make sure you are actually doing what they told you while working out on your own!
I cannot stress enough how important is putting yourself in a situation where you train constantly and with such a mindset that cycling becomes a part of your routine that is simply there, just like sleep or drinking water. Once you find yourself completely incapable of envisioning your week without at least a couple of days on a bike is when you know you’re on the right track. To get there, plan rides in advance, set goals for kilometers that need to be covered every week and so on. One thing that is truly helpful in making sure you’re always on top of your goals is to join a club of like-minded cyclists. Even if it’s raining outside, even if you’re more into a Sunday of chips and TV shows, excited people will drag you out of your house and on a bike.
Tools, Riding Assistance and Personal Records
You have the gear, a coach, a system. Now you need to start thinking outside the box – getting a bike that is individually suited to your needs, using indoor bikes that allow you to set up exact parameters for your workout and so on. Some fancier gyms will have a way for you to practice uphill or driving against a very strong wind, but that is more relevant to all those who live in places where outdoor cycling isn’t really an option.
Another important factor here is not just tracking your performance, but actually actively trying to improve it. That includes monitoring your times for certain distances and weather conditions, comparing them with those that belong to people you are looking up to, creating strategies on how you could improve your times (it’s not all about the physical preparation). Remember that you should always first challenge yourself and not your competitors, and that’s your ticket to staying healthy while pursuing a sport professionally.
Consider the Big Picture
Now is the time to start looking at races, thinking about how compatible your job is with high level cycling – that will be time consuming and might require travelling internationally – and where do you think you stand in terms of your possibilities to win something at a given race. Once you answer these questions for yourself, you should be ready for your first big race!