It’s almost another year. In fact it’s almost another decade!
The Christmas weight has been gained, the family have finally left the house and now its time to think ahead to the next year. Sometimes it can be hard to think of the warm days and long hours in the saddle when you need 5 layers just to let the dog out! However, setting yourself up with goals and aims for the coming year can really help you get into that winter training post-holiday period.
Dream Big, Aim Small
Everyone wants to be like a pro. Smashing KOMs, insane wattage outputs and having an actual reason for a cheat day! Having aspirations to be good at cycling isn’t a bad thing by any means, but you have to be realistic. Just because you went to the gym 5 times this week doesn’t mean your FTP just went above 300W. You need to have small goals to help you mentally make the effort and strain worthwhile, otherwise your high expectations can derail any motivation you had.
New years resolutions
How many of you have failed a New Years resolution *raises hand gingerly*. New Years Resolutions are a sure fire way to get super excited and then loose interest 20 days into the year. Now that’s not to say you shouldn’t plan for change, but you shouldn’t use New Years as the kick up the butt to do stuff. If you truly want change you will make it happen on your own terms not because “New year=New Me”.
Book a holiday riding with your friends, enter a Grand Fondo or even book a full race calendar. Find something that gives you a fixed point to aim your training for during the year, preferably give yourself at least 2 to aim for. Especially if you haven’t entered events in the past try for one early in the season and one towards the end to give you a comparison of your training efforts but also allow you to work out the kinks, no one’s first event goes 100% to plan.
For goodness sake have fun!
The most important thing to remember going into the new year is to have fun! So many people get lost in the hard efforts and Strava hunting and forget what makes you want to get on a bike in the first place, It’s a grin inducing endorphin high that makes you forget that you have that meeting at 8:30am tomorrow. So with that in mind, Happy New year from all of us at Racer Sportif.
See you in the new decade!
James, FrankWoke up this morning to see this message in my inbox, wanted to say thanks for the inspiration and most importantly that we ride as we just simply enjoy it. It’s never about the destination but about the journey. Here’s to a great year of riding and building friendships along the way