My initial post about Pre-Season planning turned some heads over at Team Estrogen’s forum. Many people were excited to talk about their 2010 goals, but after 4 pages of women’s goals there were a few asking me if I was crazy. They looked at November and December as resting times, or they may still be trying to complete 2009.
All these things are fair, but I find planning out your season prior to the holiday season makes things easier and you may eat one less serving of mash potatoes.
We didn’t get many comments on the blog about 2010 plans, so let me start off mine:
- Training for Trans Iowa. The race is the end of April, and it will be roughly a 30 hour race across the “B” + “C” roads of Iowa. Cyclocross and mountain bikes are much needed.
- The rest of the year I’ll be doing what I can, when I can. Maybe continue the local weekly mountain bike series, hit a couple longer distance mountain bike races like the 100 miler, or 12/24 hour lap type.
- Smaller goals include stretching more, strength training and losing about 15 pounds of fat (hopefully gaining back 8 pounds of muscle.)
Now these are my goals, there are many things behind them like finding a better fit saddle for 300 miles on a cyclocross bike, the proper lighting, nutrition and preparing my mind for all of it. I knew this task was daunting and overwhelming so I have suited myself up with proper testing and coaching.
Next time we will be talking about what type of testing, what coaching does for you and why even someone getting into cycling or trying to lose weight could benefit from all of this.
The off-season and pre-season are two of the most important parts of your training program. If you are a competitive cyclist or athlete, you are aware that off season is slowly ending and pre-season for 2010 is right around the corner. You also could be like myself, my pre-season started about two weeks ago and I’m two weeks into my first 6 week leg of training.
The off-season is time to put your feet up, take in a couple beers and reflect on what you achieved in the past year, or want to achieve in the next year. Pre-season can also be called early base, but normally starts late in the prior year before your season. So 2010 pre-season is actually in late 2009.
Quickly I want to talk about pre-season planning and why putting it off until January/February can cause more trouble.
The holiday season is hard for everyone, and it can be even harder as you’re traveling, not bike riding and eating lots of yummy holiday meals. That’s okay, realize you are going to do this and stop stressing. This also means you need to ride your bike during the holidays to keep your pounds low going into the next season.
Sit down during Thanksgiving vacation and think about what you want to do next season, what are your goals and how can you obtain them. Tell them to us, put them in writing down in comments so you aren’t only committing to yourself, but to the world wide web that this is what I’m doing for 2010.
Next, look at your holiday schedule and figure out how to fit one more stretching routine, small group class or run in, even once a week. It will keep your stress down and weight off from all the holiday events.
The 2009 season just ended, but you now are in the seat to make 2010 even better.
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Meeting Monday will be an on going series of meeting various women in the cycling industry. Learn about their experiences, history and what they are doing to make cycling better for all women. If you are interested in being apart of this or have an idol that you think fits the bill, please let me know!
1st in our series is a very inspirational person to me, Elly Blue. Elly is the managing editor of BikePortland.org, a Portland, OR based website that follows all things cycling around the city. Originally this site was started by Jonathon Maus back in 2005, it now is a power house in the cycling blogging community.
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