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You have more cycling performance potential!
Yeah, yeah, you’ve heard it all before… Train better, train harder, train more and you’ll find the extra performance you want from your cycling.
Actually no, what we are talking about is extra performance that you already possess. You can access and enjoy it without adding any extra training days, earlier mornings, steeper hills, illegal pills, or more kilometres.
Every competitive cyclist knows that achieving their goals involves a gruelling, constant grind. It’s a rigorously disciplined, specifically applied, non-stop maximum effort – and it’s actually called ‘recovering’. Fortunately this monotonous chore of recovering is interspersed with a relatively enjoyable pastime called ‘riding a bicycle’.
Northern Beaches ride to recovery
Whilst it’s a given that more effective training time on the bike will improve performance, the effort you expend whilst cycling is wasted if you aren’t able to make the gains during your recovery time. Inadequate recovery can even accumulate to the point where it leads to injury, downtime and a further loss of any gains made. Poor recovery has ended many a cycling career.
Einstein said, “We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them”. If you aren’t totally happy with your current level of cycling performance (…who is), redirecting your focus toward improving recovery will magnify gains made from your efforts on the bike. It should be the first area you address when re-assessing your training regime and looking at areas for improvement.
Like most living systems, your body, has a natural order – a way of re-balancing and finding health. Recovering is part of regaining balance and it is something your body evolved to do naturally. Helping this process to function at its maximum allows you the opportunity to discover a vast potential of hidden performance.
Creating a situation that supports your body with finding balance is not so much about doing more (or less). It’s about understanding that the health you are currently experiencing is a result of your consistent thoughts and actions. You are constantly turning over cells, metabolising food energy and eliminating waste. Life is a constant process of finding balance. Your thoughts and actions create the external and internal living environment in which this process takes place. It is this living environment that defines the amount of performance potential you currently express and enjoy – full stop.
Imagine a hidden handbrake that is holding you back and limiting your performance. You can’t see because you don’t know what you are looking for. Regardless of what new training and recovering methods you employ, you need to understand the key limitation separating you from you performance potential. Find the handbrake and release it. Otherwise you will always be doing the old ‘two steps forward and one step back’ routine of expending effort but spinning your wheels and going nowhere .
Liberate your cycling performance
This series of articles from Manly Chiropractor Dr Andrew Maher reveals the single most important factor involved in liberating cycling performance. It uncovers the biggest limitation to human health and performance and provides you with a practical, easily applied method to unlocking your existing natural athletic ability. In fact, if you apply this key correctly you will free yourself to discover more health and more enjoyment in every aspect of your life.
In our next issue we talk about finding the handbrake… Oh, plus some tigers… and a zoo!
Dr Andrew Maher
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