The importance re-testing
So where are the limits to one's cycling performance? I have always liked to believe that the very best days are still ahead of me, even if progress is reduced to something now referred to as "marginal gains". Fitness is, has always been and always will be, about building and improving on what we currently have. So to ensure that we are staying on track, continuous measurement, monitoring and modification (the three "M's") are essential and more than that, the process is motivating and addictive. Testing is about measuring (confirming) progress and plotting a path for more, There is really nothing more rewarding than seeing improvements in raw numbers, the ultimate "black & white".
- Measure / confirm your progress, the ultimate validation
- Identify new priorities for the training plan, see how your physiology has shifted
- Create a new focus and new source of motivation
- Build some variety in the training plan (new physiology will bring new training sessions
- Build consistency and an ongoing commitment to the process. This is, after all, an endurance sport and everyone needs a "long game"
- Avoid training mistakes and ensure the best possible return on your training investment.