One month into lockdown and a new way of living has emerged as we find our new ‘normal’ in an uncertain world. Work patterns, personal commitments and our environment have all changed.
The outbreak of COVID-19 and UK lockdown have impacted cycling at all levels. The pause on group riding and cancellation of events has affected most riders preparing for summer.
Despite the many limiting factors that this situation presents, there are positive ways to develop your cycling potential on and off the bike.
Use a set-back to step forward
A set-back can be a valuable part of growing and learning as an athlete. The situation itself is not controllable but we do have control over how we respond to it.
Reflect for a moment on your last set-back; an injury or missed event. What did you learn? How did you respond? A set-back can provide an opportunity to discover a new perspective and a better way to do things.
Patience pays off
You may be eager to begin looking for an event that you can enter next year and start mapping your journey. There’s no hurry. Take time to re-assess what you want to do, particularly if you have found yourself feeling stressed in this situation.
The current ongoing uncertainty pushes big goals further from reach. There are still so many unknown factors so you may be putting unnecessary pressure on yourself by aiming for another event too soon.
Plan your response
- Scale things back and focus on a more immediate timeline. Look no further than a month or two ahead and choose achievable process (controllable) goals to maintain motivation.
- Work on your weaknesses. First list your strengths and evidence them, then acknowledge which factors are limiting your cycling performance. Common weaknesses might be mobility, injury, skills, nutrition or mindset.
- Start researching and take action! Find a specialist to get advice and put you on the right path. Physiotherapists, Personal Trainers, Nutritionists, Bike Fitters and of course Coaches are all running online consultations during this time.
- Recognise and review your progress. Keep a training diary to record your journey and see what you achieve during this time. Establish simple benchmarks so you can monitor improvements.
Ultimately, taking a holistic approach and keeping your attention on small achievable goals will help you keep motivated and become a more rounded athlete. You might even surprise yourself and make some real gains that aren’t based on physical power.
How have you been spending your time during lockdown? What changes have you made to your training? Get in touch to find out how I can support you.