Last night I was working on my 2015 training schedule until way beyond sleeping time. I usually find my creativity and work flow when everyone else are sleeping.
The schedule came out really well, and I can’t wait to start on the new year. Every year I plan smarter and better. I’ve learned what my body can tolerate, and I’ve learned what’s working before races. Even though it’s sometimes a mystery why you are in the shape of your life, I think I have a formula that’s working most of the times. You can’t peak for every competition, that’s impossible. It’s more important to have a decent baseline.
What I’ve done differently for the 2015 schedule compared to 2014, is to put more emphasis on General Physical Preparedness and cross training. I’m going to do more climbing, multi sport and basic training. I won’t ride as much as I did last winter (because I’m not in Spain). This gives room for more activities. I believe in specific variation, and there’s a lot of stuff you can do to become better at your sport, without actually practicing the sport specifically all the time.
The last couple of days I’ve been both climbing and cross country skiing. The conditions for skiing in Hardanger is perfect at the moment. It’s dumping above 500 meters, which is resulting in loads of snow. The idea behind going for a multisport approach to trials, is first and foremost to increase motivation. I have an idea that specificity and motivation have a relationship. The higher specificity you have, the less motivation you’ll get.
100% specificity for me is to ride sections with a 2,5 minutes time limit. If I had been doing this for two hours, two times a day, six days a week, I would for sure decrease my level of motivation. If you ride too much, you get tired, injured and in the end unmotivated. But, I love riding, and I want to ride a lot. I just need to find the right balance, where I progress and have fun at the same time. This is something I think I’ve succeeded with in my 2015 schedule. 2015 starts in 13 days, and I think it’s going to be a brilliant year.
First time on cross country skis in one year. Felt really good:
The Suunto Ambit3 Sport is just waiting for me to hit ‘Start':
Mint conditions for cross country skiing: