Hey coaches, my question pertains to the philosophy of long term development (or lack thereof). I spent most of 2020 developing a bigger base like most cyclists. Unfortunately, I contracted Covid-19 and a lot of my “gains” went out the window although I’m still much stronger than where I started 2020 at.
A recent FastTalk podcast has me wondering what my long-term development should look like. I think it’s well known that riders hit their peak numbers early on, but I feel that I’m still far away from hitting those numbers.
My goal is to end up on the USA Crits series and race in amateur nats! When I look at my peak numbers, I feel that I’m at least 12-18 months of quality, consistent training from reaching that level. I’m definitely a fast twitcher (1500w for 5s) guy, and really feel that I need to dedicate some time to building my threshold and aerobic power as well as durability/repeatability.
Could you shed some light on what mindsets I should have as I move forward with a long-term goal? Does it involve sacrificing race results to build aerobic capacity? Being stale from dedicating myself to weight training while still crushing miles? I know I’m an outlier compared to most people on the forum since I’m young and tackle the 12-16 hour plans, so it might not be a good question. I’d like to have an idea of what the “big picture” of long term development looks like.