Spring is finally here and we have had a cold long winter. Most cyclist think I am way behind everyone else and I need to get as many miles in as possibly these first warm days. Don’t fall into this common mistake since they can lead too:
Either or both of these could ruin your goals and possible your season. Rest is the best way to recover from either of theses issues above and can take weeks or even months to get you back on track.
Spring is almost here and now is a good time to set some goals for the cycling season.
While the SMART acronym is not new, I find it easy to use:
Specific: State exactly what you want to accomplish
Measurable: How will you be able to demonstrate or evaluate if you have met your goal?
Achievable: You should push your self but you need to be realistic about your goals.
Relevant: Set a goal that in meaningful to you.
Time-base: You need to set a deadline and schedule to measure, analyse, and readjust if necessary to meet your goal.
Here is an example of a poor structured goal: I want to lose weight.
It is not time-based or measurable. How would you know if and when you have reached your goal.
The better way would be: I want to loose 10 lbs in the next 3 months to help me increase my avg miles per hour.
If you are considering hiring a coach for cycling there is a good process to follow.
After answering the questions above, construct a set of questions to interview and find the right coach for you.
Some other things to consider when choosing a coach.
Some Red Flags:
I have updated the Rides and Races for the upcoming 2013 season. Send me an email if there are events that you would like added to the list.
5 reason why you would hire a coach.