By Coach OB
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2016 is almost here and it’s time to start picking your target races and thinking of how you will prepare. You may think it’s early, but now is the time to start thinking about your goals for next year. The earlier you establish the plan, the easier it will be to achieve those goals.
When building your long term plan, the initial step is to select the two or three events that are focal points for the coming year. For the sake of the article, we will pick three separate criterium races, each one month apart, starting in May and ending in July. Once the races are selected, take some time to forecast, or plan your time, leading up to the event. From there, break your goal preparation into smaller “periods” of training. Such detailed long term planning is essentially a road map for success.
Begin by placing the races in the Annual Training Plan (ATP) feature in TrainingPeaks. Now, do some forecasting; a two-step process. First, do your best to lay out all known life events. Life events are days when you might be able to train, but not with total devotion. Will you be going on vacation? Any business trips or big school projects due? Any holidays coming up? All distractions need to be considered when planning the training leading up to the focus event. Use your main calendar in Training Peaks to post these dates. Try to use such non-bike related events as rest periods if possible. That being said, you can’t plan for everything. Life always throws curveballs. You may have to be flexible and make more adjustments along the way.Read More
Good article here about off season strength training
The Importance of Strength Training for Endurance Athletes
When talking to cyclists I often get the same response when discussing the importance of strength training. It typically goes something like, “I don’t want to take away from my riding time.” The fear is that any time that’s available would be better spent training specifically for their sport, and not on strength and conditioning. This sentiment is not unfounded for time-crunched athletes looking to squeeze every possible gain from the time that they have available.
However, the importance of strength training cannot be underestimated, and the shoulder seasons are the perfect time to integrate off the bike training. This is the time to identify weaknesses and strengthen those areas. Shifting a small amount of time to strength-focused training can lead to big gains when the volume begins to increase.
Why Strength and Agility Training?
Most non-elite athletes have a hard time understanding how time spent training off of the bike is a productive part of reaching their overall goals. While it seems counter intuitive to many, it’s important to recognize that when training the focus should be on well-rounded athletic development and not a singular strength. This means identifying weaknesses and working to improve those areas in any way possible. Working on strength and agility allows you to shift your focus towards areas that don’t get proper attention when the focus is 100 percent on the bike. Areas like the core, lower back, and upper body can always benefit from off the bike exercise. These are areas of weakness for many cyclists and if strengthened, it can result in increased power and improvements to a rider’s form.Read More
A few weeks ago I posted about one of my riders by the name of C.D. Smith. On Monday, he completed his “Mt Everest”. So proud of him! He was the oldest rider in the group and completed every leg of the trip.
260 saddle hours
149,800 feet of climbing
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3 Steps to Starting Your Off Season Training
The off season is not a time to put your bike away, it is an enjoyable time and can benefit your spring training more than you realize. For most road riders and mountain bikers, the off season is September and October. The racing season is done and dusted, the weather is still good for the most part and you are still carrying some good fitness. So don’t go hanging your bike in the garage saying, “I’ll see you in January pal.” Make the most of this part of your season by having a purpose to some of your rides.
I break the off season down into three different segments: base building, skill set training, and strength training. The first two can be done together on the bike. The third segment takes place in a gym. You can take the next two months and make the most of them with some lightly structured training.
This is the easiest of the three and it is simple- build your base. Think of your training for 2016 as if you are building a house. Before you start on the first floor, you must first put the structure on a solid foundation. This is your base training. The more base fitness you carry into the off season the less ground you have to make up when structured training for 2016 starts. No, this doesn’t mean doing intervals, etc. It is simply doing Zone 1 and Zone 2 rides through the months of September and October.
For outside rides, try to target similar training time per week as you did in the summer, but without the intensity. When you are no longer able to ride outside during the week due to weather and time, keep up weekend rides outdoors as long as possible. Plan on re-introducing yourself to weekday rides on the trainer by mid-November.
Skill Set Training
Being able to ride your bike and enjoy it without the pressure of “training” can bring enjoyment back to something that you have associated with pain and suffering since the beginning of the year. September and October is perfect time to fine tune certain skill sets. The first skill to work on is your pedal stroke. This is broken down into two parts: high cadence and a full circle efficient pedal stroke.Read More
C. D. Smith hired me at the end of October 2014. His goal was to do an organized for from Portland, OR to Portland, ME starting August 21, 2015. Before the ride started, CD logged over 5,000 miles with over 138K feet of climbing. Let me add that CD rode very little leading up to this point.
As of today, he is 26 days into his 42 day journey and KICKING ASS!
1,800 miles in, nearly 79,000 feet of climbing.
Here is his website: http://www.smithcd007.com/
FYI – CD is the OLDEST one on the trip!
SO PROUD of him!!!
Proud to announce that my rider from Honduras Johnny Sikaffy just got selected for the Honduran National Team! He is scheduled to race in the 4 day stage race Vuelta Claro Nicaragua starting October 21st. Congrats to Johnny!
How much is a 50 Watt increase in your 20 minute power worth to you?
Below is a snapshot from one of my riders WKO+ file showing 20 minute power.
On average, he was limited to 8 to 10 hours per week to train.
Does my coaching work? You tell me!
Footnote is that he worked his ASS OFF when he did train!