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Common Mistakes to Avoid When Training for Endurance

Posted by Teresa Haines on

It's important to us at Headsweats that we do what we can to help cyclists remain safe and healthy during cycling events and routine training with the protection and comfort that comes with our cycling hats and cycling caps.

Whether or not you've ever participated in a century, double century or brevet, building endurance for longer rides is essential for a successful, enjoyable ride. Training for endurance seems fairly straight-forward but there are a number of mistakes that cyclists often make, inadvertently sabotaging their fitness and endurance goals. Try to avoid following their lead by not copying these training mistakes:

  1. Getting stuck in a rut. Sticking to a regimented routine can actually lead to fitness plateaus and even burn-out. If you're used to always doing hill-climbing on Thursdays, speed on Mondays and long distance on the weekends, enjoy some variety and switch it up for better longer-sustained results.
  2. Constantly training on wheels. Your body needs training other than that that comes from your bike. Get into the gym and work on strength, flexibility and endurance through yoga, weight-training, Pilates and swimming or running. 
  3. Taking it slow; too slow. Long Steady Distance rides should be done at a constant pace but not at one that is too slow to actually train your body for your next century event. By riding too slowly, you'll train your body for that slower pace. Pick it up on long mile rides for better times and more success.
  4. Just racking up the miles. Training for endurance doesn't mean that you neglect speed training. Train faster to get faster and avoid getting dropped at the start of your next big ride.
  5. Skipping recovery time. Allowing your body to take the time to repair itself is essential for good overall health and to avoid sports-related injuries. Incorporate a weekly recovery day into your training schedule.