My second bi-weekly column for Second Wind magazine! This week, the importance of taking a break!
'Many of the world’s professionals still take the traditional entire month off once their season has ended. “Ah yes,” you may think, “but they ride so much!”
Well, so do many of you, five, six days a week, between 10 and 15 hours, right? At a similar intensity all year? With the mad crazy group battering ram rides every weekend? And maybe one during the week with your pals where you mean to go steady but you actually end up hammering every hill and the last 10km just for good measure? And you work 45-60 hours a week, right? And you have a family?
Right, you get my point. Yes, for the pros, cycling is a job for them, but for you it is a labour of love – no, maybe even more than that, it is a form of escape from the everyday grind. However, riding like this week in, week out, all year is at best going to bring only incremental gains or maybe to a plateau where your form does not improve at all. Or, at worst, it is going to lead to severe overtraining and potentially an equally severe lack of motivation for the bike.'