EE: [cracks open a beer] "Whatever man, I'm not gonna ride with a heart rate monitor"
KB: "Dude, it's not exactly like it's extra effort, and it's good data. You like data."
EE: "We need some alternative metrics, like comparing libido to fitness"
KB: "So you're telling me you'll use a heart rate monitor if I make a daily log of my sex drive for you?"
EE: "Yes, that's exactly what I'm saying. It'll make for some awesome graphs..."
KB: "sigh..." [cracks open a beer, drinks it.]
Training should not be about meticulously organizing schedules months in advance, having your walls covered with graph paper, or spending more time downloading your heart rate data than hanging out with your buddies. There are a couple of useful quantitative things that ARE really important, but if you want a step-by-step for training with power, you're going to have to buy us a pair of SRMs first (our email address is on the right).
What you will get out of following this thread is a sound philosophy about sane and effective training for regular people, with the following guiding principles.
- Have Goals: It's hard to achieve something if you don't now what it is.
- Have Fun: Stop frantically leafing through your training manual of choice, it says nothing about fun in there, but the moment you're not having fun any more your results will suffer. Like it or not, a whole lot of this success thing is in your head.
- Have Milestones: Goals that provide motivation in the short term--they're good procrastination fighters, since they're not 8 months away. We'll have fun milestones for each period (see below) when we get there.
- Have Measurable results: This is all about fighting the demons of self-deception. Like spending too much time in a cage in North
KoreaVietnam, if you spend enough time on your bike you can convince yourself of just about anything. Though it's unlikely you'll try to run for president, a good solid testing schedule will ensure that you don't overtrain, or let your ego get too far out of hand.
- Have Flexibility: There are days when it rains, and that shouldn't shatter your training plan into tiny fragments.
- Have Rest: Because your local pub needs your business, and your training partner is tired of your stink.
Our year is divided up into the following themes, which we will be explaining at length, one by one, over the coming months. They have been given descriptive names so you'd remember what we think of them (they largely correspond to the traditional Base, Build, etc. that you've always heard about, but we're are changing things up a bit, for good reason, and don't want to start debating semantics with anyone).
The Themes (in order of appearance):
- Bricks and Mortar
- Bragging Rights
- The Epic
Stay tuned for "FreeBase"