......I'm actually a big fan of cycling coaches.....at least the ones who are qualified. I mean, they're great - they give you needed advice, they can help speed up the learning process, and the training schedules/ideas that they recommend really do work.
But what cracks me up sometimes is when you spend $100 or more per month for a coach and your training looks like this:Monday
: Coach wanted me to do 1 hour easy in Zone 1. Actual
- I went out and did 3 hours in Zone 3 and 4 with plenty of climbing with Olaf and PAB.Tuesday
: Coach said to do 1.5 hours with 6 20-second sprints. Actual
- Rode 3 hours, did two sprints, but wanted to do the tempo ride with the club.....so did that instead.Wednesday
: Coach recommended a 4 hour endurance ride, mostly zone 2, some extended seated climbing on gradual climbs. Actual
- Rode 3 hours, including 70 minutes of Zone 4 and 5 riding with a pack, and two hell hill intervals, 60 seconds each.Thursday
: Coach wanted me to do 1 hour in Zone 1 to recover from the week. Actual
- Day off, too much stuff going on at work to ride.Friday
: Coach recommended a 1.5-hour ride with 4 30-second jumps to open up the legs for race day tomorrow. Actual
- Burke and Chris wanted to go out and do a 3.5 hour hill ride, so I obliged - lots of fun, but a little tired tonight.Saturday: Business Park Criterium
- 50 minutes Criterium race in Business Park, Incorporated. Actual
- Felt great during the warm-up and race, but no snap for the finishing sprint. Sketchy riders everywhere - tried to stay near the front to stay out of danger most of the race. Almost got taken down in last turn by Loopyhead from Loopyhead racing team. Managed to hold on for 10th. Did a 5-minute cool-down ride.Sunday: Out-In-The-Middle-Of-Nowhere Road Race
- 65 miles, 3,000 feet of total climbing. Actual
- Felt tight in the warm-up, and a little sluggish during the race. After about 20 miles in the race, I started feeling better. Climbed okay, but with ten miles to go, I really felt a bit hammered. Ended up 18th on the day - stayed with lead pack the whole day and even chased down a couple of breaks by the Wheelsuckers Anonymous team. Did a 2-minute cool-down ride at the end.
Okay, so now, my question is this - Why did you spend $100+ per month, plus the set-up fees, to do your own thing/schedule??? Was that the same reason you spent $400 on a new crankset to shave off 30 grams from your bicycle, even though you need to lose 5 pounds of body fat???
Hey man, whatever floats your boat.