RICHIE SCHLEY’S PERSONAL TRAINING STRATEGY
-I start out with short rides to build on so I don’t get discouraged from being sore or rundown. I will do 1.5-hour rides at a comfortable pace for a week, with rest days when I am tired—no more than three ride days in a row. On the rest days, I do other activities like SUP [stand-up paddle boarding] or surfing to give my legs a rest but still get a workout and balance out my [training] for a full-body workout. I sometimes do weights, exercise-band workouts, or TRX, mostly upper body and core.
-On the second week, I take the rides up to three hours, with the same principles as the first week.
“Most people over-train, not under-train.” —Richie Schley
-By the fourth week, I do some 3- to 4-hour rides, with shorter rides mixed in that have some type of interval training. It doesn’t have to be a formal routine, just some explosive moments in the rides to train my explosive power, not just endurance. The same goes for the rest days.
-Most important, rest when you are tired. Most people over-train, not under-train.
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