Professional cyclists around the world have returned to their training programs in the light of the coronavirus epidemic, not knowing when they will be able to test their stealth in a race situation next time.
Most countries around the world have strict lockdown systems and can only be left for a brief individual practice within two kilometers of their home.
As a result, riders have been forced to swap wide roads and gym floors for the narrow environment of their homes to maintain fitness levels.
Some cyclists are adjusting to indoor training for the first time, a tough fight at first, others like Tadej Pogakar on the other hand the road is not naturally imposed in his native Slovenia with lockdown measures ack
Restrictions implemented around the world say that at least and most drivers will prefer to travel up the hill to prepare for the next race.
One person who saw it for the first time, John Wakefield, the head and assistant sports director of the UAE team’s coaching, admitted that although it was a difficult time for everyone, the main thing was that his team was physically and mentally healthy.
“Everyone is fine, they’ve just taken it and know their job and they can still ride their bikes,” he said. Sport360 Monday from his base in Girona.
“As a coaching group, we’ve been somewhat supportive in terms of intensity, and to keep the intensity low, we’ve gone back to some pre-season training blocks for pre-correction, not necessarily tied inside when they’ve reached their peak. You don’t want them to be seasoned. Will start to burn mentally.
“Two children have returned to their home countries from Monaco. Tadej (Pogakar) is an example, because there is still no lockdown ban in Slovenia. They are allowed outside but there are some restrictions. The other boys were stuck inside for quite a while.
“It’s a psychological issue for most of them so we keep an eye on where their motivation is and they’re having better or worse days and trying to adjust to that.”
Mentally, your good days are very bad. This is just the nature of life. Now though, it’s more common to get frustrated, especially when you’re out of sync from your normal daily routine.
To boost this morale, training will always help you feel better and happier. However, a supporter who usually lives hundreds of kilometers away every week did not feel like training indoors.
Similarly though, there’s no need to try to train down the house, especially if the season doesn’t start again in late August. As Wakefield puts it, now is the right time to change the training phase, putting more emphasis on strength and endurance.
“It’s not really about kilometers now because if you’re stuck inside, you can multiply sessions based on time and intensity. Whatever is added over the weekend, creating perfectly in a normal person’s position, you will never stop moving,” South Africa said. .
“Drivers are doing sessions that mimic tolerance. We recommend a few brisk walks that trigger your specific key molecule switch in our muscles, which adapts to patient training, such as enlarged mitochondrial (energy generating) and blood vessels called PGC-1a. – So maybe two and a half to three hours. Couples travel it three or four hours in terms of physiological effects.
Those bike hours are a way of life for cyclists. The bike is their mecca. Even without expecting anything in return, they will continue to make every effort to feature any training session in their respective programs.
Through TrainingPix, Wakefield and its staff can monitor their drivers on a daily basis. This team will not expect miracles at any time in the indefinite period, just a strong and honest effort for some of the programs that have been scheduled.
With some people adjusting to indoor training for the first time, the basics are laid out to make them easier in a regular training routine. Everyone is different, so each rider will adapt separately for training inside the bike.
“Our team’s data is uploaded to the TrainingPix platform on each rider’s account. With it, we can see who has access to everyone’s account, who is following it, and if it doesn’t, and if we have a problem, we’re able to help the driver get under it so they can continue without a problem, ”He said.
“Sometimes the rider can fight a bit to concentrate on home. With this we have put some basics to make it a little easier. Some drivers have never ridden outside the house before, only stay outside. For him now, going inside the house 24/7 is fairly rough for him
“Overall, we as a team are lucky that everyone is saying that they are doing what they are meant to do. They certainly don’t get a ‘day won at this stage’, but if you take six training days a week, the boys at four and a half or five of them are very good. You can stay good for two weeks, and then someone can have some bad days.
“You just have to be more discriminating with the help you render toward other people. It’s definitely an honest effort about how the boys are going. “
In addition to working for work performance, Wakefield also serves as one of the team’s assistant sports directors. For races where he is not present, his job is everything until Race Day.
Typically, each rider involves logging in to training pixels to make sure they are uploading their training sessions correctly after completing their scheduled training and then analyzing the day’s work. If a session is not logged or a missed session is incomplete, he or she will contact a rider to ask why and if someone is sure the prescription is correct.
When things are going smoothly, Wakefield monitors each driver’s training file and provides adequate feedback to everyone. If things need to change in the training program, they will adjust it from there.
However, when a native of Cape Town takes part in a competition, his job is divided into a few different parts.
“In terms of performance, there’s not much you can do on race day. Your job is basically to get riders on Race Red. If that day feels bad then there is nothing you can adjust. Then it is more common for everyone to call it a bad day, so turn this bad day into a better day emotionally than a physical day, ”he said. They can’t take a day off during a trip for example if they have a bad day, it’s about managing and making sure they care the most about that day.
“However, if it is a test day of time, TT will set up the equipment if me and someone else is on the race coach. On the board, I will write down the start times and when they will start their warm up protocol. From there we will determine the passing strategies for several sections and sectors of the course, whether they are hills, flats, cross winds and what they should do as a guideline for electricity to get a certain result, whether it is 45 minutes.
“Usually very early in the morning, we’ll do a reunion with the rider. I’ll run it myself first and then go backwards with the rider. I will always give my opinion, then the rider will give there and we will reach a positive conclusion. We decided to combine the two.
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