Let the fun commence!!
Natural Ability Athlete Lee Hyde has chosen his main goal for 2014, why not follow his progress and Blog at http://lshyde.wordpress.com/
Let the fun commence!!
A mixed bag of activities for the Natural Ability athletes these passed couple of weeks. Whilst some are taking their well earned two weeks recovery, others are into their winter training phase, and others embracing the 1/2 and marathon races currently being held throughout Europe. Some superb results at the Istanbul 15K, Valencia Marathon and The Shakespeare Half Marathon and this weekend a number of athletes racing in the Benidorm Half Marathon. For those who have already embarked on their winter training phase remember that the focus is on technique, form and training at the correct intensity. 'Train today to train tomorrow' what's the point of smashing a BIG session today if you have to take 2/3 days off to recover. Of course there is a time and a place for hard work but as we know most athletes train 'too hard too often'. Consistency is the key and will see you right come race day, we like to call it 'Keeping it Green'.
Well done to all Natural Ability athletes racing today, and here's wishing all Natural Ability athletes racing tomorrow the very best of luck at the Valencia Marathon, Istanbul 15K and a few local ones as well.
It has been a time of reflection these last few weeks, with the athletes closing out their final races thoughts are now turning towards 2014.
The athletes will already have a firm idea of races for 2014, winter gear will be dusted down, pre-program winter testing will be completed or planned, and goals will be set out and written down.
When reviewing your 2013 season it is important to reflect on and consider measurable targets. Here are a few thoughts and questions you may pose yourself or your coach (Courtesy of Training Peaks)
What was the highlight of your season (for example, best race or greatest accomplishment)? Why?
What was your greatest disappointment? Why?
Review your top three goals for this season. Do you feel these were achieved?
What did you do in training this season that you feel made you faster?
What did you do in training this season that you feel was not productive?
If you could change your training, mental preparation, or race tactics/strategy this past season, what would you do differently?
Was there anything missing in your training this season?
Do you feel that you trained enough and worked hard enough in training this season?
Do you feel that you had adequate rest during training and before races?
Do you have any extra comments and insights on this season?
Remember to record the answers and use them in goal setting for 2014...AND write them down!!!