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Improve Cycling Performance With 6 Step Optimization

You should take the following 6 key areas into consideration before you begin to plan how to improve cycling performance.

To improve cycling performance you must have full clarity about your priorities when it comes to your goal setting as a bike rider and what effort and changes you are willing to introduce into your daily life. It gives you a good starting point to deal with the contents of this 6 step optimization before you start to make plans how to improve your cycling performance.

  1. Who are you?
  2. Where are you?
  3. Where do you want to go?
  4. What does it requires of you to achieve your overall objectives?
  5. How do you prioritize training at present?
  6. Does it require changes in your priorities to achieve your overall objective?

1: Who are you?

  • Your age
  • Weight.
  • Height.
  • How your typical weekday is structured (work, studies, other).
  • Relationships and family.
  • Strengths and weaknesses.

2: Where are you?

  • Physical level.
  • Technical level.
  • How many years of experience?
  • What distance or time-consumption do you train a year?
  • What distance or time-consumption do you train a week?
  • Is the training evenly distributed over the course of a year?
  • How many consecutive years have you trained, evenly distributed over the course of a year?
  • Level of results. Placement(s) in races or other measurable points.
  • Possible specification of class (for license riders).

3: Where do you want to go? (Your overall objective)

  • Physical level
  • Technical level
  • Level of results. Placement(s) in races or other measurable points.

4: What does it requires of you to achieve your overall objective?

  • Should you train more often?
  • Should you perhaps train differently?
  • Possible change of working hours?
  • Should or do you want to lose weight?
  • Should your strength be increased?
  • Should your mental side be strengthened?
  • Should you improve your tactical abilities?
  • Should you improve your technical abilities?

5: How do you prioritize training at present?

  • How does training on your bike figure in relation to family, wife, girlfriend, work and studies?
  • Do you have family duties, which precede your training?
  • Are there other circumstances, which rub off on your priorities?

6: Does it require changes in your priorities to achieve your overall objective?

  • Do you have to prioritize training on your bike more than you do today? And possibly how do you intend to solve this in practice?
  • Do your altered priorities affect your family or closest relatives?
  • Should your family or closest relatives be drawn in to your decision-making?

I have set these points up as questions, as it is easier to relate to a direct question. Point 1 and 2 are fairly easy to answer, as they are factual data, or things that have already happened.

Points 3, 4 and 5 become more difficult, as they are goals you want to achieve in the future, and analysis of yourself and the life you lead set up against your objective.

Is there a sensible cohesion between your objective, your abilities and the necessary priorities you are willing to make? It is a kind of servicing of your life style and goals for the future and this technique can also be used in other contexts.

It is a healthy process to be critical towards these questions and not least write down your thoughts and answers to the questions. It can take a little time, but I hope that you feel that it is exciting and motivating to look at your development as a racing cyclist from a different angle than you would normally do.

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