We all say this is going to be better than last year, I’m going to knuckle down and start training properly and do this and do that – blah blah blah. We all hear it and say it but not a lot of people actually last longer then a week or two ( Say it takes 6 weeks to break or make a good habit ).
Well how can we be better then the majority and actually stick to our plans. There’s a few key points to help you to implement what you want to accomplish in 2015, and it doesnt even involve getting on your bike yet. Always a winner when its freezing cold or blowing a gail.
1. Identify what you want to actually achieve in 2015, this may be –
- Lose weight
- Go faster at loops ( beat your target time , under an hour is always a great goal )
- Learn how to improve your hill climbing technique
- Enter a few races
- Join a few big Sportive or Audax rides
- Just improve general fitness and become a more confident rider.
This list am sure will go on and on depending on each others goals.
Well once you have identified your goal how do you achieve it.
2. Get a diary or calender in front of you ( actually do this ) and look at when you can actually train, look at your work pattern or family/time commitments that you have to make and work round them. This is the biggest stumbling block that most people succumb to. Its all to easy to say ” well I have to do this or I have to do that ” . By actually writing down the time when you can actually train that shouldnt ever be used as an excuse. Keeping this up to date is so important, many variables are thrown at us from time to time so be realistic with your time allocation. Training at 11pm at night when you have to be up at 5am or 5pm when the family’s all eating dinner and your on the turbo in the living room is just stupid. Be sensible, if you always sit in front of the tv when you come in from work for an hour , there’s a great slot.
3. So you have your goal and a clear plan of when to train, what should I be doing. Well that depends on what you actual goal is, getting out and riding your bike at any speed or distance is always a great starting point. If you want some idea or pointing in the right direction – just ASK. Theres always someone willing to offer there advice, and share with you there vast knowledge and experience.
4. Repeat steps 1-2-3 constantly, your goals might change or you might actually of achieved them. everyone’s lives are constantly changing and only by re-assesing them regularly can you get the most out of what you want to achieve.
Wish everyone the best for 2015 and Good Luck
Paul Tyrrell 007