Time management is one of the most important aspects of cycling that is usually overlooked by most athletes. Most people that ride usually have a full time job, family and other external factors that they have to contend with before getting in that big ride or race. The vast majority of the athletes I have coached over the years think they can train like I do even though they work full time and I was a full time bike racer with nothing to do other than train and rest.
This is where a cycling coach for the time crunched cyclist comes into play for so many people. A coach is able to sit down with you and go over your work and family schedule and really figure out what you will realistically be able to do. Usually it’s going to be a bit less than what you expected but recovery is just as vital as training is and stress (from work and family) is a huge factor in over-training. It is amazing though how quickly you can improve when you get your work, family and training schedules all in check! I have seen racers win top level pro races in the U.S. with just ten to twelve hours of training per week. You can really hit the mark with specific interval training during the week and one longer ride on the weekend.
If you can’t find a coach locally you can always do a quick google search for online coaching services. If you can’t afford a coach look into local cycling clinics or classes. These are a great way to jump start your knowledge on time management and fun too! Last but not least look for articles on the internet or even buy a book.