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Fat Birds Donít Fly Limited - When 2 Wheels are better than four: Becoming a Performance Cyclist

8 May 2014

While the London Olympics may have cost an estimated £9 billion of public money, this was widely considered to be an appropriate use of capital. This is because the social impact of the Games was truly immense, as it created a genuine feel-good factor throughout the nation and also inspired the next generation of performance athletes. The decision to become a performance athlete is a complex and far-reaching one, however, both in terms of selecting a desired discipline and preparing yourself for the challenges of competition.

Becoming a Performance Athlete: What to Consider when Becoming a Cyclist

Some disciplines may be slightly more challenging than others, for example, with cycling one of the most demanding physical activities imaginable. If you do choose to become a performance cyclist, here are some of the key considerations: -

1. Diet and Behavioural Habits

Every successful athletic career is based on attention to detail, and more specifically the ability to exercise discipline when it comes to diet and behavioural habits. As a performance athlete, the food and drink that you consume essentially serves as fuel for the body, which provides you with the necessary nutrients and energy to compete at a high level. This dictates the need for a stringent and detailed dietary regime, and it crucial that you are able to sustain this if you are to achieve your goals. You therefore need to develop positive dietary habits at an early age, so that this type of behaviour slowly becomes second nature over time.

2. The Development of a Suitable and Sustainable Exercise Regime

While diet is important, it means little unless you are able to commit to a suitable and sustainable exercise regime. If the food and drink that your body absorbs is fuel, for example, then physical exertion and activity is the catalyst that utilises this energy and builds your levels of endurance, stamina and conditioning. Once again, you must remain extremely disciplined and make sure that you exercise on a daily basis, as otherwise you will be unable to survive the considerable challenge posed by high-intensity competition.

3. The Need for Sacrifice and Drive

As these two considerations highlight, any aspiring performance athlete or cyclist must be willing to make sacrifices in pursuit of their goals. This sacrifice can take multiple forms, from the financial commitment required to purchase a durable and high performance bike to the willingness to invest time into developing the required level of performance and mental strength. You cannot hope to become a performance athlete or competitive cyclist overnight, so you must understand the level of sacrifice required if you are to become successful at the discipline.

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