Am I Doing Enough?

First off…a VERY happy birthday to my wonderful boyfriend Aaron! He would kill me if I disclosed which birthday he is celebrating, but just had to give the shout out!

During training, do you ever question if you are doing enough? I just started training for my century ride in May and I am already doubting myself. That is not the way I want to start out. Yesterday I was browsing through the Bicycling Magazine website which is a great reference I turn to for inspiration, training and nutrition tips for cycling. They have a new section with free downloaded that I was excited about.

I downloaded two century training plans – one for your first century and one to ride a faster century. Looking at both, I immediately was overwhelmed with the amount of time each plan required. As I compared it to the plan I created last week, I felt like such a slacker.

Aaron reminded me that I am not trying to meet a specific goal time or to win any awards. That is all true, but I also want to make sure I am prepared and ride the best ride I can. Instead of trying to stick to one of the Bicycling Mag plans which I don’t think are realistic to my schedule, I am going to just try to get on the bike as often as possible, even if it is just for shorter rides.

I also plan to incorporate some of the specific types of training rides they suggest. These include Muscle Tension, Tempo, Climb Repeats, Steady State, and Fast Pedal. So right now the plan is to build a base and get used to being in the saddle as much as possible. This of course depends on the weather for me. We are in the middle of a storm that looks like it should let up by Monday. I am crossing my fingers that after this storm we will be welcoming Spring. I NEED Spring for so many reasons!

When you are training for a race do you ever doubt that you are doing the right things and enough? Every single half marathon I have raced in, I always get this overwhelming feeling of doubt the week before – no matter how much training I do. I guess it is just pre-race nerves.


2 thoughts on “Am I Doing Enough?

  1. Pre-race nerves are very common. And I really think it depends on your goals for the race. If you’re racing for time, or want to place, you’ll need to train harder. But if your plan will train you enough to finish the race without injury, and that’s your goal, then don’t worry about the other *insane* plans! 🙂 I’m sure you’ll do great!

  2. Usually my body tells me that I am training too hard (knee pain, motivation, sickness). But keep in mind that when you are training for long rides “The more you train, the more you can train”. So even if you have a difficult time now with just finishing a 100 mile ride, the more you do it, the easier it will become. Just keep eating and drinking, and train for it with some long (easy) days in the saddle.

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