Moving from Exercise to Training
I often have people say to me, “You must exercise a lot”. In as tactful a way as possible, I tell them I really don’t exercise anymore, but I do train a lot. They then quip, “Well, same thing, right?” But actually, it’s not the same thing at all. Exercise is defined in a thousand different ways by each individual’s point of view, with everything from how much you sweat, to how much you puke being the main determinant of intensity.
No, training is something very different. Apart from losing weight or looking better, there is often no ostensible objective for exercise outside of “getting your sweat on”. Training, on the other hand, typically has a specific goal in mind. While this is often a race, for you reading this book, it is likely a specific charity ride event, a big bike tour in Europe or any challenge that you know you’re are not quite ready for. It could also include the more ambiguous kinds of goals such as “I want to suffer less” on rides as well as in classes.