Post Season Active Rest

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After the National Cyclocross Champs I was so in need of a mental and physical rest. After completing a fair few mtb races, I dived head first into cross racing in September. I knew it wasn’t ideal but it was what my heart said do, at the time. This year mtb racing will be non existent apart from the National Marathon Champs. I feel I just need to move on.

So here I am enjoying three weeks active rest, which so far has included riding with friends; a bit of fell running and some zumba, I’m loving it! When I was riding well, I always included a period of active rest, but have ignored it over the last couple of years. That was a mistake. I’m having fun and will feel so rejuvenated in a couple of weeks time, both mentally and physically. Slowing down has made me realise just how blitzed I really was.

If you’re like me and like to live life flat out, it’s not easy slowing down.  I have include a link which might make you change your mind. The article is aimed at those who race in the Summer, but obviously is relevant to those who dabble in the dark side of cross racing as well.

http://doctorholmes.wordpress.com/2014/01/22/my-2014-smart-goals/

The Fred Whitton Four Season Challenge Ride

I love a personal challenge so I’m off to ride the Fred Whitton Four Seasons Challenge with some crazy gals from Women’s Cycling Sheffield ( WCS) . We will be taking in 112 miles of the best ups and downs in the Lake District. Hope I don’t get too philosophical at 60 miles!

It will be 1 more thing ticked off on my bucket list. No time to loose Phelan because life is so short! Check out this link, it may just be the thing you are looking for.

www.fredwhittonchallenge.co.uk/four-seasons

So What Are Your Goals For 2014?

imageAs I find myself with only 3 cyclocross races left this season, there’s a bit of unease! What now Phelan? I love planning and having things mapped. Is there anything wrong with that? Well I think not, because goals keep you motivated. So here are mine.

Competitive goals:
Full season of cross, achieving my personal best at this stage
Good ride at the National Marathon Champs
A ride I am pleased with in the 3 Peaks Cyclocross race

Non Competitive:
Ride the Ronde van Vlaanderen
Mary Townley Loop
Cheshire Cat Sportive, riding up Mow Cop
Run along the Kinder Plateau
Have fun riding with friends in the Peaks

Well that’s a start for me. Anything else will be a bonus. If the competitions all go ‘pear shaped’ which sadly sometimes they do, targets based on personal non competitive goals will carry me through.

So what’s on your agenda?