So how did the last cycling season go for you? Did you achieve your goals or was it a major letdown?
If you formed a training plan and followed it, it is much more likely that you are currently enjoying the satisfaction of having enjoyed a successful season. Everybody needs structure and discipline if they are to achieve their goals.
But if you were gutted by your times and overall performance it might well be that you did not devise a game plan. If that was the case, then the good news is that you can now do something about it. Put things right for next season by doing the planning now.
And, don’t forget, that the best riders always learn from their mistakes.
The off season: Start your training strategy now
In the cycling world, every good training plan takes shape in the off season. With that in mind, NOW is the time to be thinking hard about next season because before you blink you’ll be lining up for your first springtime race.
However, before you concentrate on your race preparation, aerobic development and speed training, you firstly need to work out what your goals will be for next season.
Write them down and then start on a detailed training and race plan. If you don’t do this, it is likely that your season will lack focus and you may just drift along.
Prioritize the races that you really want to do well in, so you can create your training plan to ensure you peak at the right times. Focus on two or three race days where you want to be at your best. Consider how much time you can spend on training for these races and think about how you can get the best results with the time you have.
It is also vital not to do everything on your own. Seek advice and help from fellow riders and chat about your training plan with a coach to get their expert input.
One thing to remember: don’t set unrealistic goals – keep them real and achievable.
The perfect motivator
A plan is an absolute must if you want to achieve your riding goals. Please don’t waste the off season; make the most of the time that you have.
An excellent starting point to your training is the 12-Week Winter Training Program. This new e-book offers a wealth of information about winter training and includes a dedicated 12-week plan: the perfect motivator to get you through the cold and frosty months.
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