Posted by: Dr. Tyrone A. Holmes | October 3, 2010

Evaluating Your Racing Season

So your long, and hopefully successful, racing season is at an end.  Your first step is to get some hard-earned rest.  You can still ride, just take it easy and have fun.  This is a great time to ride with friends and family members who can’t stay with you during training rides.  It is also a great time to participate in other activities you enjoy like running, swimming, rollerblading, hiking and skating.  Your second step is to honestly evaluate your performance.  This is vital in order to set goals and develop a training regimen for the upcoming season.  Assessing your performance is a relatively simple process.  Just answer 5 questions and remember to be honest with yourself:

  1. What goals did you achieve during the season? How (be specific)?
  2. What goals did you fail to achieve during the season? Why (be specific)?
  3. Overall, what were your greatest strengths during the season?
  4. Overall, what were your most significant weaknesses during the season?
  5. How do you feel about your performance?

Consider these questions very carefully.  It is important to be clear about your successes, failures and the specific causes of each.  For example, if your primary seasonal goal was not accomplished, you must be clear about why.  If you demonstrated significant improvement, then perhaps your goal was set too high. Conversely, if your performance leveled off, there is probably a training, nutrition or recovery issue that must be addressed in your new annual plan.  Most importantly, don’t feel bad if you didn’t achieve a particular goal.  Use this assessment process as a learning tool to identify the steps you must take to achieve that goal next season!  Have a great week!

NEXT POST – October 7, 2010

My Endurance Phase Training Plan

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