Thursday, January 22, 2009
Time in Saddle
Tom Demerly at Bike Sport Michigan has been a long time promoter of CompuTrainer, hosting a Multi-Rider Center in his store in Dearborn. He has also shared TONS of wisdom related to biking, triathlon, bikes in general and a plethora of equally exciting and informative topics at Slowtwitch.com He posted the comment below in regard to a question by a user about how to get faster on the bike. I though his response pretty much summed it up.
If you put in more time and use the time efficiently while becoming a student of the sport (Cycling Hall of Fame member, the late Coach Mike Walden of the Wolverine Sports Club) then you will appreciate significant gains over time. There are no short cuts. It is simply time on the bike.
There is a fellow in our store right now on one of the computrainers who has finished nine (9!) Tours de France and rode in two Olympic Games. He didn't start as a particularly gifted cyclist, but he became one thorugh hard work that continues as I type this- and he isn't even racing anymore. For him, pedalling the bike is part of his routine. You sleep, you wake, you ride, you eat, you work, you sleep, you repeat. Pedalling the bike is part of what he does. Pedalling a lot made him good. Now yeah, this particular fellow was briefly involved in some nefarious activities, but the bottom line is the overall fitness and strength he has built on the bike was built simply by time on the bike/
There is no substitute for time on the bike. Nothing can replace or usurp it.