Many Americans seem to base their week around the weekend. It is the time when they are off work, the time they are able to relax and, for many endurance athletes, the time they have for training. We have even coined a phrase for this. You are the “Weekend Warrior”! With this, our weeks turn into Monday through Sunday on repeat, and it can become difficult for many to view a training plan as anything different.
For one moment we ask of you to think of your training plan differently. Unless you have a work/life schedule that simply will not allow for it we challenge you to view your training plan from a 5,000ft approach vs. ground level. Analyze your plan in 14-21 day increments and gauge whether you plan could be more successful that it is using these key points.
- Periodization – First, ask yourself if your training is actually periodized. You should have times where training volume, frequency and/or intensity are higher, followed by periods of recovery. This can be structured in periods as small as weekly to as large as annually. If you are not seeing any change in intensity, volume or frequency of riding, whether it is on a day to day basis or in a block of time (10 days to 4 weeks) it is likely time to reassess your approach.
- Key Workouts – It is not uncommon for athletes viewing their training on a Monday – Sunday schedule to overlook the fact of how a heavy weekend of training volume may impact Monday’s or even Tuesday’s scheduled workout. So, is your training structured in such a way that it is allowing you to optimize the results of your key workouts by beginning them in a “fresh” physical state to optimize performance and ability to meet ranges and goals?
- Recovery – Do you have training laid out so that recovery is sufficient but not overkill? This not only includes weekly recovery but recovery periods from one training focus to the next.
By assessing your training we want you to think about what it is you are doing, are you happy with the results you are currently achieving, how your current structure is going to impact your performance and does this approach meet your goals and expectations you have for your improvement.
Are you unsure of how you can improve your training? Contact us today and let one of our expert coaches help you plan a program for the greatest success possible!