If there is one thing I talk about all the time at MTB Fitness when it comes to training for an event, it’s that you need to prepare!
There’s a brilliant quote - “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail”.
The time you have now, leading up to your event, is the time you really need to knuckle down and get ready for the day. You want to lie in bed the night before your event and think to yourself :
“I’m ready for this. I put my heart and soul into the last X amount of months of training and I feel ready for tomorrow. Let’s have it!”
What you don’t want to do, is tell yourself that you’ll ‘start next week’. That you’ll ‘do it tomorrow’. That you’ll ‘get round to it’. You’ll put the training off and event day will come and you won’t be prepared. You’ll lie in bed the night before and think to yourself :
“Oh @#$%, it’s my event tomorrow. I really wish I’d prepared more”
The WORST thing you can do is put off your training. You signed up to this for a reason. Sure, you could probably do the event tomorrow and get round. But, do you want to just ‘get round’ or do you want to absolutely smash it? Do you want to enjoy it? Do you want to feel you really gave it your all?!
Put the effort in now and you will be so glad you did. Here’s 5 top tips to help you prepare :
Work out how many weeks you have from now, until the day of the event. You need to know exactly how far away it is. Having that deadline is really motivating. Put a one-page calendar on the fridge or wall - somewhere you see it everyday. Cross off each day until the event. This will keep you focused. It will make it harder to procrastinate because you will have a daily reminder that time is ticking. It’s easy to stop thinking about the event and plead ignorance. That’s not so easy when everyday you can see time is ticking. It’s an instant motivator.
2. Plan every workout a week in advance
Here’s another quote for you - “What get’s scheduled, gets done”. I have a 1-on-1 client who tells me that they really benefit from having our sessions booked in the diary. When they book their sessions with me in advance, they know that they have to go. You can use this yourself. Book in your sessions with yourself in advance, just like you would a doctors appointment…or that work meeting…or your kids play…or that party. Book it in! Ideally, put it in the family diary so that you don’t double book. When you book your sessions for the week in advance you are much more likely to stick to them. This really really helps. Then, you need to…
3. Be disciplined
This is easy to say and read, but much harder to do. It’s the secret though. Being disciplined and consistent is how you get results. What separates the riders on event day who are fully prepared and still going strong 2/3 of the way in…and those that are flagging…is whether or not they stayed disciplined and trained when they didn’t want to. Don't let excuses like rain, cold weather or tiredness stop you. When you get those sessions booked in…be disciplined and stick to them!
4. Don’t just ride
Riding is very important. You need to ride as much as you possibly can. With that being said, for the best results and the best preparation you shouldn’t just ride. You need to do a couple of other things too. You need to ride as much as possible, you need to lift weights or do bodyweight sessions and you need to do interval sessions. A combination of those three things every week will get you much better results than just riding alone.
5. Follow a plan
Unless you really know what you are doing, it’s much easier to follow a plan that’s written for you. Whether you follow my 12 Week Training Programme, get a personal trainer or follow another pre-written plan, it really is worth following something designed by an expert. No matter how long you spend reading articles on the internet and researching training, you are never going to know as much as someone who does it for their job. A plan means you know what to do, when to do it and importantly you know that it’s going to work. That means you can get your head down and just crack on.
Overall, I want to leave you with this :
Put in the work! Put the effort in now and I promise it’s going to be worth it. Please don’t wait. Please don’t delay. Start today and work as hard as you can to prepare for the event. You’ll be so glad you did.
Author : Matt Mooney - MTB Fitness
Matt Mooney is a Personal Trainer and owner of MTB Fitness, a company that helps mountain bikers all over the world get fitter, faster and stronger on the bike.
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