Oftentimes one of the most difficult parts about having a training plan is following it. Temptations such as training with friends, group rides, trying out cool tips you’ve read about, feeling good and pushing it, etc can often lead you astray. I’m not saying you have to stick to a plan 100%, but you won’t know if it’ll work unless you stick with it a vast majority of the time. If you have a coach, check with him/her about when and if you can stray, and if so, if it’ll jeopardize the plan. If you created your own plan, review it and tweak it according to when you stray. In the end, ensure your plan is suitable for your lifestyle and desire for success. If you’d rather workout than train, it’s all good, just adjust your goals. Whatever you decide, have fun doing it!