It's that time of year again. The race season is winding down or over. That blue feeling may creep up on you and your motivation to get out the door may be wavering. It happens every year. You are not alone.
Standing, staring out at the empty spaces that will soon be occupied by stakes, course tape, and bicycles, there is a sense of limitless possibilities, which by no means is a comforting thought. With possibility comes potential, and with potential comes responsibility, and with responsibility comes accountability. Looking down at my watch, I care less about the time and more about the date. How much longer do I have and how much more needs to be done? 4 weeks left. Only a month. 4 weeks may seem like a long time, but in reality it’s not. 4 weeks is never 4 weeks when putting on a race. Days dedicated to work, to family, to my own training and racing, to everything but the thing that is coming 4 weeks. Better not to think about that now, and focus on the reason why I’m standing and staring out at these empty spaces: what is this course going to look like? What can I shape and mold? Before a child is born, parents can spend a lot of time wondering what the child is going to look like, something you won’t know until after the birth. The same can be said for […]
By Dave Andersen Are you motivated to train? Just like many of you, I start each year feeling motivated. But motivation can be tricky – it comes and goes throughout the year. I develop motivation by setting goals, picking my races, and mapping out my training cycles for the season. I ease into my training routine and get into the daily and weekly rhythm of working-out knowing that each month will provide variety by having its own purpose and specificity toward the big picture. Many months of the year all I do is train, and don’t race. There is a comfort in the daily routine of training. During these periods I realize just how important and nice it is to be fit. I dream about the upcoming season. Motivation is not a problem. Would I be as motivated if I didn’t race? I think so. Let me explain. I love being fit – the desire to live a fit and balanced lifestyle keeps me going. Over the past 35 years I’ve varied my sport (running, cycling, swimming, triathlon, xc-skiing, etc.) to keep it interesting. And just like many of you, I’ve had periods where racing was not the priority; staying fit […]
By Dave Andersen How can you improve you ask? You want to run faster and further, you want to beat your cycling competitors up that climb? I’ve been closely involved in running and cycling for over 35 years and I can say the tried and true training methods have basically remained the same this past generation. Sure, a huge amount of scientific data is available on the benefits of training at altitude and on new forms of strength and flexibility training. And with today’s gadgets you can now quantify every aspect of training from mapping your routes, graphing your power, heart rate, Vo2 max and all that. But lest we forget that training for the purpose of racing is not rocket science. Machines can measure things, but what they don’t measure is how much pain you can SUFFER. And that, my friends, in addition to hard training and experience, may be the one of the most important aspects of racing. Training is key! And it’s certainly helpful to get your body fat percentage into the single digits. The most important aspects of endurance training are PATIENCE and CONSISTENCY. These things are not glamorous. They don’t fit in particularly well in today’s society. […]