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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