Your main races are the most important thing to determine what your training should be. Training and preparation races all lead to your main event. We show you how to plan your season and what a difference good planning makes.
No matter what level of athlete you are, setting goals is important. Setting a goal gives you something to reach for and a clear focus in training. Goals vary greatly between individuals but it is important for everyone to have them. However, many athletes make mistakes when setting their goals. Here are the 7 most common mistakes in goal setting and how to avoid them.
Months of hard training are done and it is now only a couple weeks from the day of your main goal race. It is time to relax so you are fresh on race day. This is known as a taper. But what is tapering and why and how should you taper for a race?
People participating in endurance sports tend to be older but what relationship does age have on race performance for these athletes? The peak age for endurance athletes is later than most people think and a new study shows what happens to your race speed after your peak years.
Why are athletes better under pressure than alone? Every endurance athlete has had this experience. You train consistently and seriously for a competition. You can feel the work paying off and feel in top shape at some point. Even if there are perhaps a few weeks left until your main race, the “time trial” is now on the agenda as a benchmark. Marathon runners might complete a 20 kilometre session at maximum speed, cyclists do a solo time trial or a mountain they climbed already under racing conditions. And swimmers crawl 1000 to 1500 meters with the goal of being faster this time than they were a month ago.
The official measures required by the corona virus regarding social distancing currently make participation in competitions impossible. However, regular exercise and training are still recommended by experts. We know from experience how difficult it is to stay motivated for daily training when the clear training goal is missing. For this reason we at 2PEAK have created the “Social Distance Race Series”.
Your personal training plan revolves around your goals and the races you have planned. Setting this up properly is crucial to make sure you have the best training plans and results from 2PEAK. Here is a guide for how your races should be added and set up so that you have the optimal training plan to achieve your goals.
After a race there’s always two aspects to be analysed. How is your body (physical aspect) and how’s the head (psychological aspect) dealing with the ups and downs and the fight with ourselves? It’s normal and a good stimulus for us to not always be 100% happy with how a race went. Because there’s always at least one thing that could be optimised. Important is, that we can use this to learn and improve ourselves for the next big day.
Before a big event there is often a traditional pasta party. We show why this is not good and suggest a better strategy for feeding before and during a competition.
Optimum preparation for a competition is an art. Here are the basics.