Cycling Mistake #1: Ignoring Sleep

Whether they're mountain bikers or roadies, cyclists are often their own worst enemies when it comes to training. Repair your routine by eliminating these ten common mistakes

Don't skip sleep to ride.     Photo: JJP3D/Flickr

“The biggest mistake people make is not sleeping enough,” says Lim. “They sacrifice sleep in order to do more work” by waking up early to jam in a bike session before work. But your body cannot adapt from training, let alone recover, without adequate shuteye.

The Fix: Ditch the complicated periodization formulas and let your sleep dictate your training schedule, says Dr. Lim. When you’re feeling tired or had a late night, cut down on volume and intensity, but amp up the intervals when you’re feeling rested. “It’s way better than any complicated math,” he says.

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