Despite having ridden bikes for many years, I've never used a training plan before. It never seemed necessary, as I was just riding for fun, and being lucky enough to cycle for work meant that I wasn't short of KMs each week. Regular Dirty Wknd rides sort of worked like a plan anyway; laps Tuesday and Thursday, hill reps Wednesday and Friday, longer rides most weekends. However, I always wondered if working to a specific plan, with a proper workout, would make a difference to my fitness and riding ability.
What Is SPOK'D?
In the words of founder and ex pro Rich Lang, "SPOK’D is more than just a cycling software tool. It's your cycling coach." I've never had a coach either, so this sounds very interesting. Lang goes on to explain that every week the plan adapts to the rider, taking in to account your work week and social commitments. Then, based on the results of your training, the plan updates further to ensure this balance of work vs rest is maintained. "To get faster on the bike, it’s not about going harder. It’s about being smarter" finishes Lang. All sounds pretty good to me, let's give it a bash!