So you’ve entered yourself for a ride that you probably shouldn’t have. Whether you were being opportunistic (we all love a discount code…), acting on impulse, or just caving to peer pressure, we’ve all done it. But you’re not ready. Perhaps your training has been sidelined over the last few months, or maybe you needed a hiatus from the Cult of the Chamois. In any case, the distance/climbing/intensity is just slightly beyond your current ability.
What are you to do? Needless to say backing out isn’t an option. We pride ourselves on our ability to suffer, to push through. But the product of our suffering matters. We’d rather not suffer only to watch the group ride up the road, or to barely summit a climb. So better get training.
But there are no short-cuts here. There’s no secret “recipe” that will take you from well-fed zero to shiny-legged hero overnight. Rome wasn’t built in a day. However, what you can do is squeeeze as much benefit from the training time you do have as non-pharmaceutically* possible
So here are some tips to get the most out of your crammed training efforts:
First and foremost: If you want to get the most out of your training, you need to recover like a pro. There’s no point digging yourself a hole if you can barely get out of it. The faster you can get out of the hole the better. Then you can dig more holes. And more holes means better performance.