This past week I've found myself giving a fair amount of advice and information. Whether its on post ride nutrition, proper recovery techniques (is the hot tub good or bad?), or training advice (volume vs intensity), I've come to realize that even with all the really great information out there, there is a lot of misinformation as well.
How do you know the advice and information you're getting is good advice? How do you know if it will work for you? There are two simple answers to these questions.
1.) Give everything a try. If you read about something on the internet that's supposed to up your power by 15% and decrease your recovery time, give it a try. See if it works for you. How does your body respond to said method? If you read about a diet that tells you if you go on a flank steak only diet for a week, you'll gain 2 pounds of muscle, lose 3 pounds of fat and rip the legs off everyone at your next race, do it. See how you feel after only eating steak for 7 days then go race.
2.) Find a trusted person to ask. This person should be someone who you believe has the knowledge to help you get better. Though the #1 answer above is a good option for someone wanting to try everything them self, it is not a good option for someone who has limited time and who would rather see improvement sooner rather than later. It takes time to learn what works for you as both a person and as an athlete and if you can "weed out" all the bad options, or all the misinformation, you can improve your chances to get better, faster, and stronger while the race season is still going on.
My advice? Time is precious. Don't waste that precious time on misinformation. Instead, use your time wisely by getting correct information from a trusted source.