rpok wrote:Let's discuss goals for 2012. We'll revisit them at end of the year to touch upon where we succeeded and where we failed and what we learnt.
These can be -
1. Training Goals - distance, intensity, duration
2. Racing Goals - events - races/tours you plan to participate in
3. Long Term Fitness Goals.
4. Training Plans to meet your goals (Base, Build, Peak periods) - what are you doing more/different from 2011.
To start off, let's all join Baba's 10,000 mile challenge on DM http://www.dailymile.com/challenges/466 ... -this-year
Emphasis mine. I think all of us joining a 10,000 mile challenge and yet having separate goals is a fundamental contradiction. For most of us here, riding 10,000 miles in one year is a big goal all by itself and can therefore overwhelm any other goals we may have.
For example, in the last few months I have ridden much less than my 700km a month or so average, and have hardly done any centuries, when I used to knock out at least one a week. However, because of concentrated, supervised training, I've become stronger on the bike than I ever have been. I'm starting to see 30+ solo averages, the ability to hang on to fast group rides, and the ability to put in 5,000+ feet climbing days without thinking about it too much.
There are three big reasons for my improvement, all of which are incompatible with putting on large numbers of miles.
1) Focus on technique: Lots of rides with drills that don't cover too much distance.
2) Lots of climbing: A focus on vertical and not horizontal distance.
3) Heavy emphasis on recovery: Something that's hard to enforce when you're chasing big miles.
My opinion is that to be able to meet your training goals and yet ride 10,000 miles in 2012 is going to be very hard unless you're one of the top five strongest riders on this forum or your goal is simply to ride 10,000 miles in a year.
I look forward to your NON-DEFENSIVE reactions to my post. As always, I'm open to hearing different opinions, but as you may have noticed in the recent past, I'm totally closed to hectoring/shouting other people down/passing off of opinions as gospel truth.