Season Beginnings EndBrett Richards
The start of a new season is always exciting. For me it’s the thrill of getting back to racing in a group of cyclists within inches of one another. This is what I enjoy the most about racing. At the start of a new season that excitement begins to brew and with that excitement for many including me comes a bit of anxiety. Going into a new season is a little daunting from certain aspects. Cyclists need to work so hard in what people call the offseason so that when the beginning of the season comes we are as prepared as possible. Even with all that work and nailing all of my coaches workouts there is still that little doubt. That doubt that makes you ask yourself did I do enough? Is my coach focusing on my work? Is he doing everything he can to make sure I made the biggest improvements possible? You ask if you’ve had proper nutrition and sleep to offset your workouts. You wonder if you should’ve seen a physiologist more often and invested more into your body? Sadly the answer to all of those questions is never “I have done absolutely everything I possibly could”. I assume that is the case with even the most elite cyclists and athletes alike. There is always more of something you can do to better your position and that’s where the anxiety of the new season comes from.
My way of coping with this pre-season anxiety is doing absolutely everything reasonably possible during the offseason to prepare. Even doing some things not so reasonable. What does reasonably possible mean? This is the hard part as it’s different for everyone. My philosophy here is, if it effects any of the important aspects of your life in a negative way it’s not reasonable. Leave as little as possible out there that you haven’t done and let the rest go. Celebrate the work you put in and don’t regret what you didn’t, it weighs to much and will only slow you down.