By Sidonia Lefort. Cycling. Published at Friday, March 29th, 2019 - 09:56:52 AM.
Pro athletes might be able to string five, six, seven days back to back no problem, because a lot of it is generally more steady state. Once within race season, the intensity and travelling causes a lot more fatigue, so they would need a rest day.
Kids have an ability to absorb varying levels of workload, so it’s very individual. As a parent, the main thing you want to watch is their head – their motivation, and enjoyment of the sport. So many kids get to their teenage years and if they’re not really in love with the sport, they find an easy exit.
For amateurs, when someone says they want to train as best they can, and can ride seven days a week, I always advise them to take two rest days a week. That’s partly to manage them physically, but also mentally. Unless you’re a professional, the weekends and spare time is valuable for your family and lifestyle. It’s easy to over-prioritise cycling when really it is a hobby.
Even then, winter is always coming and leaves you with the age old dilemma – do you buy a winter bike, ride your best through the bleakest months, or just pack it up and accept your fate until spring? Cyclists and excuses are a match forged at the dawn of time. Weather, illness, injury, the tools, – we’re never far away from a justified extenuating circumstance when our form falls a little short.
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