Top Tips for Preparing for a Cycling Event

photoBack in April I was asked to attend an event at Maison Vitess; a bespoke cycling builder where speed meets comfort (the bikes are absolutely beautiful). The event was to inspire new women riders, a team of four panelists spoke about nutrition, yoga, coaching and cycling as a lifestyle. I was asked to come and speak on coaching in cycling.

Below is a copy of what I sent out to the women below. It details what I tell my clients when preparing for a race or event, it covers everything from pre-ride, to the day of the event and post ride.

1) Pre-ride

Set a goal.A goal without a plan is just a wish.” It is important to set goals, but more importantly to set forth a plan to reach your goals. There is a great article on setting SMART (strategic, measurable, achievable, realistic, time-targeted) goals from the Olympic Committee:  I have also written some information about goal setting on my blog.

2) Day of the Ride

Come prepared. It is so important to come mentally and physically prepared, and also to ensure your equipment is prepared for the ride.

Mentally: Have confidence in yourself. Have faith in your training. Celebrate all the hard work you have done. Ignore any workouts you may have missed.

Physically: Make sure you consumed the proper nutrition, are hydrated, and have slept the appropriate amount leading up to the event. I always say it is the night-before, the night-before that matters (i.e. two nights before the event). We all have nerves before so make sure you sleep, eat and hydrate properly days before leading up to the event.

Equipment: Stick with what works! No new socks, shorts, shoes, sports bra, etc. And make sure your bike is in working order. Your bike should see a mechanic at least a few times a year, and definitely before a big event. Ensure you take it in at least a week before so you can do a test-ride before the event.

3) Post-ride

Spend the time to Reflect. Make sure you take the time to celebrate your accomplishment, celebrate all the goals you have set and accomplished, and look back on what you learned and what could go better. And most importantly set a new goal!

The Goal Setting Guide on Personal Goal setting shares some great information on Achieving Goals and the next steps. Information found here (it’s at the bottom of the page).