2019: The Year of Training Mindfully

2019:  The Year of Training Mindfully
2019: The Year of Training Mindfully

I had the opportunity to guest blog for VeloPro this week and talk about mindful training:

“For cyclists, this is the time of year to reflect upon the accomplishments of the past year and craft a training plan for the upcoming year.  In my experience as an athlete, and in working with athletes as a coach and therapist, athletes that thrive both on and off the bike infuse their training plans with a hefty dose of mindfulness.

So……What is “mindful training?”

The first part of mindful training involves a commitment to peeling back the layers to understand the “why” in “why I train.” 

Why do we train?  To get faster.  To go farther.

Why do we want to get faster, go further?  Because we want to win/cat up/PR that climb/complete a century.

Why do we want to win?  

The process doesn’t stop there.  It also involves grappling with some difficult questions: 

  • Whose voice is it in my ear telling me to win-train-succeed?
  • How do I feel about myself when I succeed? 
  • How do I feel when I don’t meet my goals? 
  • What happens in my life when I can’t train?
  • How does my training enrich my life?  How does it create challenges in my life?
  • What is my relationship with my body?  With aging, illness, and injury?  With the food I eat?  With the people I ride with?” 

For the rest of this article, head on over to VeloPro……

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