The question posed by Anneloes (Adventures of a beginner cyclist blog #3) was: Marianne: when do you determine your next goals and who helps you setting the right steps towards realizing them?
The preperation for Rio started a long time ago. Over the next 2 years it will be my main goal. In order to get myself in the best shape possible I will need to do some careful planning with my trainer Wilma and coach Koos Moerenhout. The races and training I do will all be chosen with Rio in mind. I will break the year up into months to make it more manageable. I need a training plan that is flexible so that it can be tweaked and changed depending on my form or fitness. The short term goals for this season are pretty clear for me with the World Championships TTT and of course defending my Road Race title. My other targets this year included the Tour of Britain, Giro and La Course.
When you are training for a goal, It is good to get advice from a professional trainer as they can help you plan a specific training regime tailored to your needs. Specific and dedicated training makes the difference. You need to train in your different heart zones, and someone with knowledge about this is very good to have as an advisor. It is also just as important to listen to your body. So if you have a goal, find a trainer, make a plan and tweak it now and then when it is necesary. And remember always listen to your body. Good luck!