Goals and Motivation, Part 1

Process Goals & Growth Mindset Today’s student-athletes (at least in the Salt Lake City School District) are well-versed in terms like “growth mindset” and “process goals.” I certainly understand a racer’s frustration when their race result is not quite what they hoped, but I think having process goals and a growth mindset are good frameworks… Continue reading Goals and Motivation, Part 1

Base Training

If you and I have ever discussed training, you’ve heard me say, probably to the point of boredom, that athletes tend to train too hard. By this, I mean that their work generally falls in Zone 3 (what I sometimes call the junk zone), when really their work should be primarily Zones 1-2 (approximately 80%… Continue reading Base Training

Off-season for a NICA Student-athlete

Congratulations on an amazing season! First and foremost, you exceeded my expectations this year, whether that was completing a hard practice, completing a race, or standing on a podium.  You had positive attitudes, showed resilience, demonstrated strength of character, and improved greatly. Compare where you are today to where you were at our first practice… Continue reading Off-season for a NICA Student-athlete

Recommended Training Plans

There are three general methods to organizing your training: I’ve done all three approaches–I worked with a professional coach for many years who helped me reach my potential, and I’ve spent several seasons as a self-coached athlete (with sometimes poor results and other times all-time personal bests). I currently do a mix of self-directed training… Continue reading Recommended Training Plans

Training Resources

The first step in becoming a better cyclist in any discipline is to do the right kind of training at the right time. Worn-out clichés like “no pain no gain” are relics best forgotten (at least insofar as they imply that all riding should be hard). Before we start with incorporating structure, it’s important to… Continue reading Training Resources

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