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Rest should be as much a part of your training as riding your bike. Here’s why.
We all know training stresses the body and makes you tired, rest makes you adapt to the training and improve performance, simple. Well not so simple.
Many factors can influence how and when you need to rest. Attempting to make this as specific and performance related to each individual is one of the greatest challenges a coach can have. Fitting quality rest in and around busy lifestyles, family and work commitments must be taken into consideration.
Training methods are available online, books offer the ultimate solution but do either know you and what level of rest is required? What about when you are on the brink of illness and talking to your coach and being told to rest as oppose train and get sick and lose 2 weeks training as oppose 2 days by taking the rest when your body is telling you to?
What everyone has in cycling is the will and determination to train and suffer, some more than others, all in the process of self improvement. Sometimes our own determination and motivation is the biggest downfall when it comes to taking rest. I am personally able to testify to this on many occasions. This is where being answerable to a coach comes in. Having the confidence and knowledge of someone experienced to guide you in making the right decisions at the right times will only ever ensure reaching your end goal. Often the fear of losing a days training over shadows the realisation that if you are run down or overtired through work commitments/family life it is better to rest than to add to the stress on the body and mind.
So when do we need this advice?
All of the above is focused on how much we need to rest; getting the ratio between training/resting is the key. Don’t just focus on the training part, it is only half of the equation.