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Training Day Agenda

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Training Day Agenda

Having an agenda for each training day.
Race days are pretty specific, training days can have more variables, but both need what I like to refer to as an agenda. 

This weeks topic:
Having an agenda for each training day.
Race days are pretty specific, training days can have more variables, but both need what I like to refer to as an agenda. 
As in, what is my goal for today?
That sounds simple enough, but not put in practice typically and frankly that can lead to some wasted time and opportunities.
 As an example, if I go to a group ride I have an idea of time on the bike and the miles ahead.
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Depending where I am at in my season will affect how I am going to ride. If I am peaking for an event vs coming off a peak, that makes a difference.
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Next I have a general idea of who will be there, but I need to wait and see who actually shows up, then  I can make a determination how I am going to ride.
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If I am peaking for an event, I am going to put my nose in the wind and hammer my ass off all ride.
If I am coming off a peak, I am going to sit wheels and just get my miles in.
If there are a bunch of stars there, I am going to do my best to follow and just try and make the selection.
If I am the best rider there I am going to animate and put in a lot of work at the front.
 
So you can see how this one group ride now has a lot of different possibilities.
The point is I need to be aware of that and make a decision about how I am going to ride it.
That would be my agenda.
I have had times where I am in a group of riders getting pre ride instructions from the local ride boss and I am kind of dreading the time ahead because I am thinking, this is going to be brutal because I need that kind of workout as part of my plan. They don't know that, but that is my agenda for the day.
 I know I have had riders look at me and wonder why is he attacking here? Why is he riding hard here? Why is he here at all? (haha) It  has nothing to do with them, but everything to do with my agenda.
Solo training is a bit simpler, but in theory no different. You know the task ahead, but depending on how you feel and where you are in your plan,  that can affect your agenda for the day. Maybe instead of 5 minutes I am go 6 and  bury an extra minute as an add on. Maybe I am going to do 4 because I am dying. 
I guess the bottom line is just have an idea every time you go out on the bike what the plan is.
Doesn't matter whether it is spin easy for 30 minutes or hammer for 4 hours. 
Whatever.
No wasted miles.
Make an agenda.
 
Race days are similar but really boil down to am I here to get a result or train?
We can talk more specifics about that when we actually get to racing.
 
Have a good week everyone.
 
Coach Rick

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