5 Jul 2016
BOOST MOTIVATION WITH SMARTER TRAINING
All of us lose the desire to train at one point or another, but the danger of losing motivation needn’t be a worry with a spot of goal-setting and monitoring. You’ve penciled in your races, but those goals are still too big and far away to effectively nurture peak performance. Between today and race day, you’re looking to work on the minutiae such as elevating bike wattage, improving climbing and refining aerodynamics. That’s why it’s good to have a goal for the majority of rides because, ultimately, short-term goals will help you reach your long-term goals.
There are three types of goal – outcome, performance and process – ideally each working together to make you a happier, more focused cyclist. Your race and training should include all three.
The overriding target is the outcome goal. This is where you’re aiming to finish the race, so it could be top 500 at a major event or top 50 in a local sportive.
The performance goal is the time you’re looking to finish. In the case of a challenging 100-mile ride, this could be, say six hours.
The process goal is the most vital, and most numerous, because this focuses on how you’re going to achieve both performance and outcome goals. This might be maintaining a certain cadence on climbs, generating a specific average power output on the flats or even losing weight. These are key because if you only focus on the outcome goal, motivation tends to wane. The key to effective goal-setting is precise short-term process goals, which can be monitored via some sort of feedback, be it a coach or, as below, training software.