Do you have 2016 competition dreams with your dog?
Then it’s time to gather up the following:
- A Pencil
- Event/Race/Competition Dates
- A Quiet Place
- About 20 minutes
I just put together my 2016 race schedule for my crazy endurance mountain biking and ultra running. I found a coach to create a 6 ½ month mountain bike training program and a strength program. I put together a running program and power/plyometric plan. The programs are tailored specifically to my needs. Here’s what went into determining my 2016 goals:
What are my “A” races?
- 50 mile Ultra Run in June – Location TBD
- Bailey Hundito July – 50 mile single track mountain bike race
- Leadville 100 mountain bike race Aug – 104 miles 10,000+elevation
No “B” or “C” races but I will train up in the high country a lot!
What are my Limitations?
- Time: Working full-time; early AM training is best
- My Health: I will need to ease into running as all I did last year was bike.
- My Age? Not a limitation unless I am dreaming of winning overall – which I’m not.
What have my weekly workouts been during the last 6 months?
- Mountain biking – lots of single, double track )and roads if muddy on trails). Around 4,000 miles in 2015. Skills and drills and mental challenges.
My Training Objectives:
- Endurance: Breathing at elevation requires lots of mileage at elevation. Keeping my butt conditioned to long rides requires long rides.
- Balance/Proprioception/Flexibility: Slackrack, yoga, unstable surface work
- Muscular Strength: Lunges and more – following a specific progressive plan
- Mental Strength (Fitness) – visualization and being in the moment; lots of downhill & uphill work on the mountain bike & Fat bike
- Power/Speed/Agility/Nimbleness – plyometrics, intervals, hills, leg drills, accelerations, and more.
Which of the above objectives need the most work?
- Mental Fitness, Muscular Strength & Power/Speed/Nimbleness. Well, after thinking about it – all of the objectives need work or I will not be able to climb up those climbs or go faster down the Powerline or maintain the pace I need to finish the 104 mile Leadville mountain bike race in under 12 hours.
I find having a specific daily program helps me train to reach my goals. I’ve kept my base fitness by cycling all winter. I already feel the burn from starting in on my program last week! I have to ease into my run training because I know that the concussive forces of running could cause injury to my legs and back. I choose to run only on trails rather than asphalt or concrete. Why? To save my joints as I want to keep running and cycling well into my 80’s!
You can apply all of the above to planning out your year of training and competitions with your dog.
Here’s a goal setting form I use when working with clients and their dogs. You can use this form to set your 2016 goals for your dog. If you are a dog fitness coach or have a dog you want to work out a plan, email me to request this form – you can tailor it to your dog or business.