Below is an excerpt from an article titled "Three Fitness Resolutions," written by Brad Cooper in the most recent issue of the weekly RoadBikeRider.com e-newsletter:
Don't ride, train! Are you riding on your bike, or training on your bike? Big difference. Select a handful of events -- actual races or perhaps century rides -- and get after it. You'll find that a training program makes cycling more interesting as well as more beneficial. And having specific goals gives you the motivation to be consistent in your training -- always a key to success.
I know what he is saying....ride your bike with a purpose, set goals, do specific riding to achieve specific results, etc. etc. I do all of that. But, I still feel uncomfortable saying that "I train," probably because I don't. I ride a lot, race a lot, ride with purpose, but I don't "train." At least I refuse to call it that. George Hincapie trains. I ride my bike. Using the word "training" makes it feel like cycling is a job. I already have one of those, and prefer to spend my free time on an enjoyable hobby, like riding.