Picking Point B – The Goal You Want to Reach
Where do you want to go? That ‘Point B’ is the big race, big ride, or new power output you want to achieve. The big Crazy Goal that scares you into doing awesome training and learning new skills and pushing your personal bests.
In 2017 I did an Ironman and that was the Big Crazy Goal for the year because Ironman is crazy! In about a year I had to learn to swim and push my limits and fears, which was exciting and new BUT it meant giving up a lot of the fun mountain biking and trail running I usually do for that year.
So when you look at all the events you have this year, do you have time to prepare for them all and have a great day at the big one? Or do some of those small (or not so small) events conflict with the big training rides, weekends and weeks you GET to do to prepare for your BIG CRAZY EVENT?
The Space between Point A and Point B
When choosing and refining that list of races, events, and rides. Make sure you have the time and energy for the training you need to do for many weeks. You want to be really excited
If you are signing up for an endurance event than make sure you plan for those big training days and weeks and months!
As an example, many people sign up for Leadville but do not want to drive to HILLY gravel roads or ride their mountain bike for many hours. Be careful as this makes for scary race days!
Look at the Calendar
Take out a calendar and see if there are any free weekends (or months) to train for that big goal event. To put in daily focused training to have you in PERSONAL BEST condition. To be CONFIDENT on the start line.
Trim the events you aren’t into
Plan your big training rides. Plan your recovery days. Plan weekends when you can just ride, eat, sleep, and hang out with your family and be happy!
Commit to that one (or two) big day of adventure so you can spend a few months getting ready for. Be MORE excited