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Article posted: 31/12/2012

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Before embarking on British Cycling’s Sportive Training Plans, you might be wondering how you are going to find the time to commit to a six-month Core Training Plan.

The answer, as with many things is planning and preparation.

As Benjamin Franklin, famously said “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”

The British Cycling lifestyle audit is designed as a simple and easy to use method to identify your available training time.

The lifestyle audit comes direct from British Cycling’s Coach Education department and is used extensively by coaches and riders alike to plan training and rest periods, week by week.

Andrew Gillott, Coaching and Education Manager at British Cycling explained: “Often the biggest barriers to adhering to a training plan are family, work and social commitments, rather than the training plan being too demanding.

The key to long-term adherence for any rider, at any level, is to be realistic about the commitment that they are able to make. After all, consistency is the key to success and a relative few, regular hours of training week in, week out is far better than irregular bouts of high-volume training.”

How to use the lifestyle audit

Using the example day as a guide, fill in the one-hour slots for each day, with your work, family and social commitments. It is essential that you are completely honest and try to be as accurate as possible in this process.

If you have a commitment and you are not sure how long it will take, better to allocate more time rather than less to it on your planner. This ensures that when the blocks of time available for training are identified, you will be confident that you will be able to fully complete your training sessions and give them 100% focus.

Benefits of using the audit

Barring emergencies, other commitments are less likely to impact on your training time, meaning, less missed sessions. Sessions and rest periods can be moved if necessary to fit around you and your families’ commitments. You can plan tasks such as routine bike maintenance during rest periods. Allowing you to make a booking at the bike shop well in advance.

 

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