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Some suggestions on goals you can set for your cycling in 2009. Remember, something like "get strong" is not a very tangible goal. Make them SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bound). I know it sounds like one of those lame things your boss would tell you in your yearly review, but you’ll have a much better chance at attaining that goal if you make it "SMART".
– Start training with a power meter
– Build up to an important event with a periodized training plan – and stick to it!
– Stretch for 5 minutes a day after your ride
– Do pilates or some form of core strengthening twice a week
– Lose 5kg in the next 3 months
– Keep a food log
– Learn to maintain your own bike from head to toe. Give it a shot. It’s really not that difficult!
– Increase training mileage by 10% (no more per year!)
– Decrease training mileage to a more sensible amount! You know who you are
– No more than 2 days off the bike
– Take 2 days off the bike!
– Keep a training log
– Get a coach
– Do more easy rides. Again, you know who you are!
– Do cross-training twice a week
– Drink 1 less cup of coffee per day
– Get out to the hills at least once a week to work on climbing and strength
– Do fewer bunch rides
– Work on your race resume to get a sponsor