Originally Posted by swampy1970
Have you ever considered having a go at track sprinting/kilo - if there's a track in your area that is?
I cannot tell you how many people in my local scene have asked me that question. I suppose I must give that type of appearance. There is a track, but it is way on the opposite side of Atlanta from me. I have a friend that bought a track bike and used it once at that track, but I don't think he ever returned and I think it must be the drive time and the difficulty getting a time slot on the track.
I have been thinking or reevaluating where I am at and where I hope to go with cycling.
I think of it like trying to piece together a 10,000 piece jigsaw puzzle. Based on my experience competing in a different activity I understand you first need a clear view of the picture or the final results and then start to look at the various pieces. You start separating the pieces out while looking at each one as an individual aspect and then you begin to start putting it together.
A bit more than a year ago my picture of cycling (goals) and what I would like to achieve finally became clear to me. Without going into all the finer details I finally came to the point of being content with a training schedule and one that I felt would help put this puzzle together.
However, I am still considering some small tweaks like what Stevel suggested. I may tweak the schedule as far as interval intensity, but that too has to work out with the overall picture. Generally I feel like I am on track to putting my puzzle together. It really does not suprise me that potentially I will not achieve a higher level (good FTP) performance in cycling and it does not disturb me that I may never achieve this. I still enjoy training hard and with some sort of organization to the schedule with sound training principles.
I mentioned in a previous post a guy that I trained whose genetics did not result in obvious improvements as far as gains in lean mass or noticeable strength gains and I can testify the guy earnestly put in the effort as I tried to help him, but he did not get discouraged. He continued to lift weights just because he enjoyed lifting weights. That is how I view my days in cycling. It is not my forte, but I do enjoy the activity and I enjoy training. I also enjoy learning sound training principles, but I may not necessarily apply all of them since I do not plan on competing.
Good stuff guys and thanks for sharing your thoughts.