You miss your Monday workout, so you double up on Tuesday. Bad call. “It’s about consistency and controlled damaged,” says Lim. On the bike, you improve by slowly chipping away to build fitness. Monster days in the saddle have their place, but consistency is your best friend.
The Fix: Ride as frequently as you can, even if each ride isn’t as long as you’d like. While you can increase volume ahead of a longer race to prepare for the duration of effort, without a base of consistency, your training will be futile. Aim for at least five days of riding per week for best results.