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How Will You Improve Your Fitness for Next Season

By Dana Williams | In General, Optimal Performance | on August 13, 2013

The end of the racing/riding season is likely just around the corner for most of you. Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, most racers have been competing since the middle February. This certainly makes for a long season and many are ready to ‘pull the plug’ and ‘recharge the batteries’ for next year.

I know it can be challenging to now start making goals for next year . But based on experience, both as an athlete and coach, now is the right time to at least start thinking a bit about what you want to achieve next season. Because before you know it, it will be November. The weather will not be sunny and warm and you will not feel like swinging your leg over your seat and going for a ride. Anxiety will build up inside as you realize you need to get your butt off the couch and onto your saddle. It’s normal to start questioning yourself of what exactly you need to do to reach your goals. Thankfully, and rest assured, this is where a certified and experienced USA Cycling coach comes in handy.

As the principle coach and Founder of Achieve, I would like to share my proven cycle coaching philosophy and style with any rider wanting to really make a jump in their fitness next year. My motto is ‘Maximal Performance, Minimal Time’. As a busy father of a one and three year old boy, a husband, a business owner and Cat 1 bike racer, I specialize in helping people with busy lives achieve their cycling (or fitness) goals.

The diagram at the top of this article is my Strava Form & Fitness chart (available to premium members) from the middle of August 2012 until end of June 2013. It clearly illustrates a riding rest period during October and November. This is an important time of the year. Although riding time does decrease substantially, my clients are still doing off -the-bike work. And as you can see, the work done during this time does pay dividends when January and February come around. 2013 has been a successful season (it wouldn’t have been possible without the help of amazing teammates) and I want to help others achieve their goals. Note: I also use TrainingPeaks and their Performance Management Chart replicates Strava’s Form & Fitness chart.

Now is the time to start the planning for next year. All my clients will benefit from the off-season work I have them do, and then enjoy the the ‘fruits of their labor’.

Will you be one?  I have a limited number of spots available so please contact me at dwilliams{at}achieveptc.com, 415(dash)609(dash)7972 or by clicking the ‘Contact’ tab at the top of the page and filling in your information.

I look forward to seeing you out on the road and the opportunity to work together.

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