Training: Planning Your Season 2010
I spent a few years living and racing in Europe. For the most of the time it
was a good experience and a good time. But I look back on it now incredulously
and think, “ What were you thinking?” And not from the perspective of “what were
you thinking racing in Europe?”
But what was my plan?
The truth was, I didn’t have one. I didn’t know what races I was doing, I
didn’t’ know how I was going to set up my training from week to week, and month
to month; but, in general, I was taking a 'fly by the seat of the pants'
Now, just on basic genetics, I was able to get by like this and get a few
good results here and there. But this was not a long-term approach. Predictably,
after a while this system broke down.
So, where am I headed with this?
HAVE A PLAN. Even if that plan is that you have no plan. At least you’ve
defined your approach somewhat.
Here’s a prime example. I spent some time racing in Belgium and at one point;
I was lucky enough to get an invite to the Tour of Austria. Because I’d been
just doing races haphazardly without too much thought to the long-term view, I
declined this invitation because I was whupped and wanted to come home to take a
Later that Fall I was in the process of trying to get a contract with a pro
team, any pro team. I happened to get on the phone with the US Postal team
people. They had my resume in hand and said that they noticed I had done a
considerable amount of racing in Europe, why hadn’t I gone to Tour of Austria?
It turned out that the team had made their selections for the following year
based on the performances of riders at that race. Some American riders they
selected from that race went on to have some very high profile careers.
I’m not for a moment saying that I came close to the level of those riders.
What I am saying is that because I hadn’t made a plan and structured my
schedule to achieve a stated goal I may or may not have missed out
on a great opportunity. Other riders had scheduled that race in and
planned their training around it and, without naming
names, look how it turned out for some of them.
With that experience in hand now, I always ask my clients to outline goals at
the start of the season, decide what races they plan to participate in on a
month to month basis, what vacations and travel do they have on the horizon and
so forth. This allows us to set up their training and racing so that it all
makes sense and there are no conflicting events.
We can schedule training and racing around the events of their life, family
and any other elements. Additionally, it allows us to time and tweak their
fitness according to how they’ve prioritized the races they’d like to do
well at or target to win.
The top riders in our sport have their season, more or less, planned out from
the start to finish. They know what their travel schedule will look like, what
their races are and when they’ll plan to arrive with their best
You can take an approach like this too. It doesn’t require a personal
assistant or over the top organization. It just requires you to sit down and
write (or type) what your goals are and make a plan to achieve them.
Ainslie MacEachran is a premier level coach with Colorado Premier Training.
To get your cycling plan put together for success, you can reach him through
He believes bike racing is a lot more fun when you’re doing well.
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