Analyzing Your Cycling Season (Podcast #52)

Analyzing Your Cycling Season (Podcast #52)

If you don't know the strengths and weaknesses of your fitness, how can you possibly begin to work on them?  If you don't analyze your season, how can you possibly know your strengths and weaknesses?  Sure, you can probably guess at those strengths and weaknesses and you might get some of them right, especially the glaring ones like “I can't climb too well”.  Some other weaknesses aren't as obvious, and guessing at your fitness strengths and weaknesses, training blind and  then hoping for the best is a ticket to failure, or if not failure, sub-optimal performance in races, group rides and fondo rides.

It should sound obvious that you need to do some evaluation of last season's failures, but you should also evaluate your successes so you can improve upon your best performances.  In this episode of the Tailwind Coaching Podcast I'll discuss some tricks for what went right and what went wrong last season, along with why you're reviewing your season now and how to change your training in the coming months.

Click through for show notes and more information:

Training Plans@9:28 – Why we review our season (especially now), what we look for out of our goals, season objectives and races, strengths, weaknesses and more.

Planning Your Season (Podcast #30)

TWC Season Planning Worksheet

Effective Base Building (Podcast #51)

@20:22 – Analyzing our performances: how events expose weaknesses and strengths, the human nature of finding your strengths and using them (too much.)  Analyzing your endurance, muscular endurance, neuromuscular skills, climbing prowess, overall feel on the bike and comfort in groups.

@38:59 – Cornering performance, having to jump vs falling off, cornering technique, critiquing your training plan with your training diary and a Performance Management Chart.

Choosing a Power Meter (Podcast #44)

Key point:  If you don't analyze what you did in your previous goal events, you'll never be able to strengthen yourself and improve upon your previous performances.

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If you're not training for the coming season, what are you waiting for?!  Pick up your training plans for this season by checking out my modular training plans in my online store and think about building some “Raw Strength” with my new 8 week strength training plan.  If you're looking to add more pop to your pedal stroke, consider picking up my new Advanced Base Module and get on the road to more power and finesse!

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About the Author:

After graduating from Ithaca College with a degree in Exercise and Sport Science/Pharmacology, I continued my education with a doctorate of Chiropractic from New York Chiropractic College. As I progressed through my education, I was able to apply the concepts I learned in the lab to my own daily workouts and goals. At the time, I was following some of the principles of traditional coaching and getting mediocre results. Frustrated, I realized that if I could apply all my physiology, chemistry, nutrition and training knowledge, I could “build a better mousetrap” not just for my own training, but for other athletes. With this goal in mind, I started Tailwind Coaching, to help cyclists [with busy lives and limited training time] become stronger, faster, fitter and healthier. And while I may not be a ex-ProTour rider, an Olympic Coach or even a prolific race winner, I am something that most coaches are not: a regular guy just like you who has a job, a family and a desire to be a stronger cyclist.