I hope you are all well and ready for an exciting 2013!
In December 2012, I asked my email subscribers to tell me what holds them back from becoming better riders. More than 700 people answered that question, and I wrote back to each of these helpful people. There were so many different answers, but I began to see a picture after reading through all emails.
Even though everyone’s situation is a little different, some everyday things explain why general advice like you see it on my blog and in my e-books makes perfect sense.
The fact is you are not alone.
If you believe you are the only one who is limited in performance due to a stressful job, taking care of kids and family, and lots of travelling on your calendar. You’re mistaken.
Most of us are struggling to find enough time for our favourite sport.
Perhaps, you’ll see things differently in 2013…
There are so many options waiting for you. Remember that changing habits might be much easier than you think. January 1st is a great time to start changing any bad habits. But there is no perfect timing. You can always change your practices. Here is a secret: It’s your responsibility. Nobody is going to take the first step for you.
Give yourself a tangible goal. If there is nothing specific goal in your mind, losing focus is easier. For example, select a race where you want to be in optimum shape and keep this race in mind when you train. Having a goal helps you be more proactive in your approach to training. When you know there is an overall goal with your training, and you will be more likely to take the necessary steps to succeed.
Instead of being surprised by the weather situation ending up cancelling training due to heavy rain, you might plan alternative indoor cycling, join a spinning class, spice up your workout with a brutal cycling video, or train harder the day before.
Having a sharp deadline helps you to stay focused. Remember how many situations short deadlines have helped you do what’s necessary (purchasing Christmas presents, reaching flights in time, etc.)
If possible, your goal shouldn’t be too far away. It’s easier to follow shorter training plans (less than three months), and the success rate is much higher.
Most professional cyclists who train for the Tour de France as their primary season goal also have sub-goals before the Tour de France. Having short-term goals (e.g., performing well in races like Paris-Nice or Tirreno-Adriatico or Liege-Bastogne-Liege, etc. ) helps them stay focused while preparing for their long-term plan. Only very few riders can use a single race as their single goal for a season.
Breaking the season up into smaller parts using races as part of their training towards their season goal makes sense.
Training4cyclists – What’s happening in 2013…
Back in 2006, when I launched Training4cyclists.com, there were only a few readers, and I was able to help each rider personally. Since then, I have moved from a medical student with a small blog to a medical doctor working full time with my wife and three children while having a rapidly growing blog with more than 10.000 subscribers.
During 2012 I received many emails from cyclists and triathletes who wanted me to coach them personally. Most of them were willing to pay me for an individual training program, and others were hoping for a free training program.
Even though I would love to help every single rider, it is just not humanly possible to do so. And I feel terrible when I decline these requests. But these decisions have been necessary.
But I have written a winter training program that offers straightforward advice for riders ready to rock. And if you are struggling to find enough time for training, you’ll enjoy reading my e-book about Time Effective Cycling Training. I hope these e-books will do a passive, cheap alternative to expensive one-to-one coaching.
In 2013 want to spend time with my lovely family, become a highly skilled medical doctor in clinical physiology and nuclear medicine and work part-time blogging about cycling training. So I’m entirely aware that I need to be time-effective.
Here are some of my main blogging goals for 2013:
- Publish a book and e-book bestseller on Amazon.
- Reach 15.000+ Email Subscribers.
- Publish a couple of comprehensive articles about cycling training. Already have a long list of ideas… just need a little time.
If you have any suggestions or comments, they are all welcome.
Happy New Year!
Jesper Bondo Medhus
PS. Thanks to everyone who took the time to write stories, testimonials, comments, and suggestions in 2012. It is highly appreciated! Reader comments have always been a cornerstone for me in developing better articles and training programs.