Mid-Season Downturn

Crazy how fast it approaches, but it looks like mid-season is here! For those riders that started early in training and racing, this time of the year can be mentally tough to try to keep the power and speed up while not getting burned out. Here are a few tips to try in order to keep up the motivation.

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  • Take a bit of time off of the bike, go for a hike or chill at the beach, just relax. At this point if you have been training hard for 5-6 months, and a week of reduced training and bike focus will not result in much reduced fitness, and you can come back to the bike refreshed.
  • Look back at what you planned this season and see if you reached your goals, and how far you came. Sometimes it is hard to see the forest through the trees, but it is likely that you have already done well at target races, got points for your upgrade, and PR’d your target course.
  • Ride the MTB. For roadies this can be a great way to get back in touch with your bike handling skills and get out to the woods.
  • Do a super long ride. Get with your buddies and challenge yourself to do a serious ride one day, like 80 plus miles depending on your level. Find a safe route and go for it, plan it out and complete it. It will probably be tough at times, but you will feel a great sense of accomplishment and get to see some nice country!
  • Take 2 weeks and ratchet the high intensity back a bit in preparation for a second build phase and peak later in the season. This can be an effective way to keep the motivation up as well as work on improving your aerobic capacity and muscular endurance. Think long rides in tempo, sweet spot, and threshold zones.
Breaks mid season are necessary.  They mentally and physically refresh you so you can finish the season strong.  The best racers know the right time to set the bike aside.

Breaks mid season are necessary. They mentally and physically refresh you so you can finish the season strong. The best racers know the right time to set the bike aside.

Hope this helps! Remember to plan and train for the big races, and don’t worry about the small stuff!

Scot Ferguson is a USAC level 2 coach and certified in Power Based
Training (CPBT). Scot is a long time collegiate cyclist and raced for many
years with the UNR cycling team. He now coaches the UNR cycling team as well
as his own personal clients and strives to help them succeed. Additional
information about his coaching programs can be found at
www.winningmovecoaching.com

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