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A1 Coaching: setting goals, planning and periodisation

A1 Coaching: setting goals, planning and periodisation

Setting goals (Getty) If you give a man a bow and arrow and tell him: “Shoot”, his first question would probably be: “At what?”

When there’s no target, there is no purpose to shooting. He could just shoot the arrow anywhere, and wherever the arrow ends up would be wherever the arrow ends up: no target, no direction, and no purpose. He wouldn’t be a very good archer.

This is the ‘headless chicken’ phenomenon I began this series with: too many cyclists ‘just training’ with no target, no direction and no purpose.

On the other hand, if you gave the archer a target and challenged him to hit the bullseye, then everything changes. You have now given him something to aim at; something to challenge his skills against; something to measure his progress with, and something that gives purpose to his investment of effort, time and money.

All this by adding a simple target.

If you like this blog and want to know more about building a perfect winter base programme, click here for free access to A1 Coaching’s Winter Training Video Series. Setting targets At this stage of the series, you’ll have learned the basic principles of smart training and will understand […]

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