I spent a few years living and racing bikes in Europe. For the most time it was a good experience and a good time. But I look back on it now incredulously and think, “ What were you thinking?” And not from the perspective of “what were you thinking racing in Europe?” but what was my plan?
The truth was, I didn’t have one. I didn’t know what races I was doing, I didn’t know how I was going to set up my training from week to week and month to month but, in general, I was taking a fly by the seat of the pants approach.
Now, just on basic genetics, I was able to get by like this and get a few good results here and there. But this was not a long-term approach. Predictably, after a while this system broke down.