5 Training Mistakes Cyclists Will Make This Year

As the new year begins, many of us will have new goals and new training motivation. Events in the summer are being announced and some of you may have already secured your early bird entries for your goal event of the year. Your friends are probably sharing their training progress on their social media feeds, and posting up their epic training rides on Strava. But what are the classic mistakes that cyclists like you will make?

1. Getting Unnecessarily Distracted

This is the number one mistake people make. We all do it, and with awareness, we can all recognise when it happens to stop ourselves from acting on it.

Imagine this scenario: You've just finished up a great few days of training and it's time for your recovery day. While you're relaxing at home on the sofa, having had a lie in and a 'treat day' breakfast, you browse Facebook/Instagram/Strava. You see that your cycling nemesis has just finished an epic ride. Not only that but their high average speed and power catches your eye. How does that make you feel, and what do you do?

There is a good chance that you have been shaken by this. You might doubt yourself and feel like you should be doing more. If it really gets to you you might even train, fearing that you'll get left behind if you take a day off. This is mistake number one.

If you are serious about your training, and you want to be the best that you can be, you need to focus on yourself and no one else. Don't change your plans based on what someone else does. Create a training plan that you believe in and execute it as well as you can. It's worth reminding yourself that even the best training plan will need to be changed along the way. But these changes should be based on your progress and nobody else. Don't waste your time and energy comparing yourself to others. Focus on improving yourself.

2. Looking for Shortcuts

We're going to let you into a little secret. There aren't any shortcuts, and looking for them is only going to waste time.

The first thing you need to do is figure out what you would like to achieve and when you would like to achieve it. Sound familiar? Yup, it's that age-old classic of goal setting. Set a smart goal and then get planning.

Now that you know where you want to go, you need to figure out where you are starting from. Take some time to reflect. What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? Do you have any bad habits that are likely to hinder progress? Do you need support to help you achieve your goals?