We are just over 100 days away from this year’s El Tour de Tucson. To help prepare you for this year’s event, GEC Coach Ken Montaney will be posting regular articles on the TEPC blog about preparing for Tucson’s biggest bike day of the year. Follow along with Ken on your way to your best El Tour ever.
It is always interesting to talk to people after El Tour about who met their goals and who didn't. The people who succeeded in their goals almost always began preparing while the weather was still sweltering and the monsoons were still hitting us regularly. The people who didn't meet their goals inevitably signed up for El Tour but didn't prepare for the event with any goals or objectives in mind until it was much too late. This year, you will be one of the riders who is ready.
Pick a Distance
So we are going to set some goals. First things first: what distance are you doing? What distance you pick and what you past riding history/experience is will help determine your goals. If you are going after your first century, your goals will be different than if you are doing the 60 mile event for the 6th year in a row. So think carefully about the distance. Pick an event that will provide a challenge for you.
Set Your Goal(s)
Think long and hard about what you want to get out of El Tour this year. Think about what you have done past years. Think about how much you have been riding lately and how much time you have to prepare for El Tour de Tucson this year. Now, let’s come up with some goals. A couple of guidelines
Own Your Goal(s)
For the next week, think about what you want to accomplish this year at El Tour. Think of what you are going to aim for and focus hard on it. Then own that goal. Post it in big writing on your refrigerator or bathroom mirror where you will see it often. Put a piece of masking tape on your bike’s stem or top tube with your goal on it. Let your goals and objectives become a part of your life.
For the next week, pick a goal and begin to own that goal. Next time we’ll talk about preparing yourself to successfully reach your goal.
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