by ALP Coach Patricia Schwager
Fall is right around the corner. The road racing and MTB season is coming to an end, many of my athletes have already completed their last race for 2016 or then they maybe have 1 or 2 races left. The question is now what? Taking an off season break already now is a bit early- even though your mind is probably tired and the motivation not as big anymore. But if you slack off with your training now then that will certainly have an impact on what kind of level you kick off your 2017 preparation. So how do we manage to maintain fitness while giving ourselves a mental break?
Time to come up with a plan! That's also why working with a coach year-round is important. Here are a few tips on how to make the most of fall training:
-have a goal: as always- having a goal is more motivating. Think about a goal, it doesn't need to be a race. It can be an event, challenge or even a competition in a different discipline. In case you are looking for a goal this fall: our ALP Cycles Coaching climbing challenge could be your ideal goal. We created the climbing challenge last year for the first time. The idea behind is mostly because we were looking to create a goal/ challenge for our athletes in the fall time. Follow the link below for more info about the 4 days climbing challenge which takes place at the end of September/ early October: http://www.alpcyclescoaching.com/blog/2015/09/01/alp-cycles-coaching-inaugural-climbing-challenge
-mix your training up with different activities: variety is key to keep your motivation level high. Mix your training routine up with different activities like: hiking, MTB-ing, cyclo-cross, strength training, running, yoga etc. This will also help you to already make the transition to cross training which should be part of your winter training.
-work on skills and weaknesses: fall time is a great time to work on your skills and weaknesses. There is no stress/ pressure of having to perform in the next race or event and that means you can really focus to work on your skills and weaknesses. The more you work on it the more you will improve.
-ride with your friends: having less structure in your training is a great opportunity to ride with a bunch of friends or joining group rides etc.
Fall training should be fun. Make use of the (hopefully) still nice weather and enjoy to spend time outdoors. It is also a good time to reflect on your past season. What went well, what goals did you reach or which goals did you miss? Think also about new goals for next season!
Happy fall training!