Why you don't need to compromise when cycling?

If you want to put your passion for cycling on a higher level sometimes you need to choose between some fixed concepts.

Riding in a position planned to prefer comfort out of the performance?
Targeted workouts or free rides?
What nutritional plan to follow?
Which kind of precautions are needed to take when not riding a bike?

From these questions arise the need to compromise to define your characteristics as a cyclist.  Often these choices allow you to stay within your comfort zone: both for the fear of changing your habits and to refuse the fact that some old misconceptions should be reset, sometimes it’s hard to abandon the path that has been followed for years to try something new. Following this way of thinking many training aspects will not be taking into consideration. Otherwise, if these aspects will be treated with a more conscious approach, they can give enormous advantages to those who follow our itineraries, whether these are challenging or not.

Practically, the first step to change your point of view is: at the moment that you are looking for a compromise, you do it between extremes that never represent the uniqueness of every member of the people who ride a bike. It's of primary importance to understand that every solution must be thought on an individualised way, taking into consideration what are your strengths and weaknesses, without wanting to get closer to any stereotype. Every solution must be thought 100 % based on your needs.

The riding position must be studied concerning the body proportions, the muscle retractions or asymmetries, for the type of performance required, the sports background and the previous injuries. For the same reasons, the various training schedules and nutrition programs must be prepared according to the athletic level, the objectives that are set, the time available to train in between work and family, the type of metabolism and the lifestyle in general.

So, it make no sense to try to emulate the approach to cycling of the Pro athletes; instead, you have to understand what your body needs to unlock your full potential. Finding your balance and always be open-minded is the key to constantly grow as a cyclist or as an athlete in general. The next step is taken when, to the trusted people you have chosen, you add people around you that also know how to interpret your body signals, managing to provide feedback on the sensations perceived and creating an exchange of information that allows you to make the step to a top-quality program. Only in this way you can become enough prepared to be able to discover the universe that revolves around this fantastic discipline, taking off your status of improvised cyclist.

FABIO BARONTI

Sport scientist.

Graduated in sport sciences, actually working at the biomechanics and physical preparation centre CTFlab, trainer of the UCI Continental Cycling Team Friuli.