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Coach Hughes explains that the keys to your best season ever are developing a personal plan and creating personalized workouts in part one of his two eArticles Your Best Season Ever.
A personal plan
Coach Hughes walks you through how to plan and then get the most out of your training. The article covers how to set appropriate goals for you. What do you want to do this season? Ride with a faster group on club rides? Commute more days to save money and help the environment? Conquer a tough climb? Complete a specific event? Set a personal record? Participate in a tour? Improve your health and fitness?
Coach Hughes then shows you how to assess your individual strengths and weakness and set appropriate personal objectives.
You then use this information to build a plan including personal training volumes for different seasons and months.
How to train effectively
A plan is only a piece of paper or a spreadsheet—to have your best season ever you need to implement it by training effectively:
Right kinds of workouts – Different workouts bring about different kinds of improvements. Further, the right kinds of workouts for you are tailored to your personal athletic abilities, fitness, goals, strengths and weaknesses.
At the right times — If you try to work on most or all of your weaknesses at once you’ll have middling success. Different workouts are most effective at different times of your riding season.
In the right amounts — The optimal amount of training for you depends on your fitness, how well you recover and how much time you have to train. The goal is to achieve maximum fitness, not maximum fatigue!
Resulting in continuing progress — If you do the right workouts at the right times and in the right amounts then you should continue to improve up to and through your season.
The right workout for you isn’t the same as the right workout for your buddy. Coach Hughes explains how to create your personal workouts including:
- Exercising at the right intensities,
- Recovering fully to allow progress,
- Measuring your progress, and then
- Adjusting the plan.
Coach Hughes explains in detail how he and other coaches plan a client’s season and then create personalized workouts for a client. You’d have to pay a coach some serious bucks to write to write a plan and workouts for you!
Coach Hughes’ 34-page eArticle Your Best Season Ever, Part 1: How to plan and get the most out of your training is only $4.99