It’s all a mindset issue. Of course it’s disappointing not to race this season and even if races happen they won’t be the usual experience this year, but I look at it like I have more time, with no pressure, to build up to the start of my training program. Usually we have limited time and show up on race day with less fitness than we could have had, simply b/c we ran out of time. Do some fun stuff for now, but with structure and really improve your fitness until that point.
For me specifically I have always started a training plan in October or so for a May race and I do that with about 10-15 lbs to lose and a mediocre FTP, but this year I’ll start at the same time, and for now until then I will focus on dropping those lbs and building my FTP so my starting point is way higher than usual. It can be an exciting time if you reset that mindset.
I have a buddy who was at his highest FTP and all fitness numbers as he tracks them, as well as lowest weight in years, but with races cancelled he lost motivation, lost a bunch of fitness and put on some weight. Now this isn’t so terrible, but all that hard work went out the window and as we begin to train again together he sees the differences where he used to just crush me on hill climbs and overall times, he has dropped off significantly.
I’d say, plan some of the things that you never have time to accomplish, or things that don’t fit into a normal training plan for your race. For instance, do a heavy block of VO2 max training or more threshold training. This stuff isn’t specific to the kind of races I do so in a focused training plan it doesn’t happen often but now it can, and I see it’s making a bigger difference. Basically just make a plan to show up to the start of your 2021 training plan with higher than normal fitness and sort of taper into it so you’re ready to roll. It’s a longer term approach, but most of this is proven out over years, not weeks or months.
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