For those who like to get the training miles in whenever the opportunity arises a frequently heard complaint is “there’s simply not enough hours in the day!”. A new eBook by Rebecca Ramsay called The Cyclist’s Time Efficiency Formula, promises to show you the process for finding the time and maximising the result of your cycle training.
Let’s take a look at exactly how it does that.
First of all the eBook dispels the myth of not enough hours in the day and introduces you to the process of getting the life-sport balance in sync.
The book then goes into some common scenarios. Such as disagreements with your partner about how often you are cycling and scheduling too many activities that leave you tired and frustrated without being able to see the results of a consistent improvement.
It then starts to offer solutions and breaks down the process of managing your time and optimising what you get out of each training session. The emphasis here is on quality over quantity. On making sure you are not overtraining and burning out.
If you follow the process and use the worksheets provided in the eBook you start to break down the hours in the day, analyse what is and isn’t working and work out what you want to get out of your training. The book encourages you to really think what it is you are looking for. On the surface that might be to compete in sportives but it pushes you to dig deeper to find your motivations.
Admittedly, it does feel a little “new-agey” and a bit cringe worthy for my liking but it clearly comes from years of Rebecca’s personal experience combined with what she has learnt over time listening to fellow cyclists.
In the next section the book breaks down how to schedule in recovery time, set goals and build a training plan for the year. It also shows you the importance of having a group to push you with your cycling and where additional training time can be fitted in. It rounds off by giving 10 time savings tricks.
Overall, I’m impressed with the Cyclist’s Time Efficiency Formula. Contained within the 58 pages is a lot of practical advice. Like anything, it relies heavily on you being motivated to follow all the steps. Which is probably where most will falter. If you’ve really not got a training plan in place, have no idea when to train and when to recover and you are struggling to improve your performance then its worth a look.
For those who’ve already got a system in place that is working then this isn’t something you’ll need.
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