Truth #1: If training and racing isn’t your full-time job then you probably work to pay the bills during daylight hours. Truth #2: Mid-week Group Rides are the workhorse miles. Sure, you may be able to get in back-to-back 5 hour rides on the weekends but if you don’t ride/train during the week, a few long rides aren’t going to do much for you. All this adds up to Truth #3: You’ve got to get to bed early enough so you can drag your butt outta bed a few times before work each week to get in those workhorse miles. That’s where things start to pay off.
Why a mid-week, early morning Group Ride? Because no one likes to get up that early to start a ride in the dark alone. Companionship, knowing you’re not alone in this crazy pursuit, makes all the difference when it comes to motivation. And the riders that regularly do these early morning rides are the strongest in your area. Those that regularly sacrifice in this way are the most committed, passionate, and fittest.
Which leads me to an inspirational quote that’s been getting me to bed on time and up before the crack to meet up with the Group:
You can’t get good by staying home. If you want to get fast you have to go where the fast guys are