What are you training for?

Somebody asked me recently; “What are you training for?”

And you know what, I didn’t have an answer for them. Sure I’ve been building up my hours in the saddle and exploring Zwift with vigour, but am I actually training? Or am I simply just riding my bike?

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I don’t have any events booked, no races or time trials entered. Nothing in the pipeline. Right now I’m just on a mission to regain lost fitness, log more hours in the saddle and raise my lowly FTP. I guess at the end of the day I just like riding my bike, getting faster and hurting myself in the name of fitness. Does that count?

There aren’t many “sportive” style events down here in Tasmania, but there is a racing scene – most prominently the Southern Tasmanian Cycling Club which caters for the over-30’s brigade of cyclists wanting to race. I might check out their membership and events for next year as I know they run some time trials fairly local to me.

As winter encroaches on my Northern Hemisphere brethren, thoughts if course turn to indoor training and next year’s targets. Hours spent hammering away on the turbo or braving the elements to be ready for next Spring. At the moment the only semblance of a plan I have is to keep hitting Zwift in between weekend road sessions and hopefully come out flying (well, at least faster) in January.

So, as 2016 fades away and 2017 gets ever closer – What are you training for?

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11 thoughts on “What are you training for?

  1. I ride to train…for cricket. At my age it keeps me fitter that some of the more “talented” slobs who have no stamina, no guts and no determination to make the most of what they have

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  2. I’m in the same boat as you. I just like to ride my bike. I’ve found that trying to beat my PRs on Strava fuels a bit of competitive fire in me.

    I guess I’m training to be a better me. A more fit version of myself. Feels noble, sounds trite and selfish but it is about me and the bike.

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