There is a rule of thumb, primarily bandied about by cognitive psychologists, that it takes about 10,000 hours of practice to gain mastery and expertise in an area. This figure is debatable, and not backed by hard evidence, but I did the maths anyway.
On average I train 12 hrs per week (most weeks ~14, the commonly practiced 4th week of recovery about 10, varying over the course of macro and micro cycles). This gives me ~833 weeks to develop bike racing expertise and skill. That's 16 years. 13 now, less the 3 or so years I've already done. So by the time I get to my mid 50s, I should be just cracking it. You ready for that Coach??
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