Happy New Year!
2021 is here folks. There are a ton of distractions and diversions happening in our world as I write this but I am hopeful that these will not deter you from a focus on your health, physical fitness and sporting adventures. In fact, if current events are bringing you down or stressing you out, give yourself a break and get a workout in....and focus on that workout instead of what just came across on the news your facebook page.
The past year has really given rise to popularity of all things "online" - and Zwift has been a huge beneficiary in terms of participations and memberships! I have to say, the Zwift platform has been an incredible tool for training, camaraderie and social connections. Kudo's to Zwift for such a timely and realistic virtual offering.
"Too much of a good thing is probably not a good thing"
The Zwift game is super intoxicating. It is always a challenge, many courses, different ride groups, cyclists from all over the planet. It is fantastic fun. And, it is quite frankly, season-less. There isn't a spring season or a summer season....or a off season. Its just always there - racing every week - 12 months in a row!
As a cycling coach, team director and event director, I was disappointed to see the absolute collapse of our typical racing season in 2020, as I know most of you were, too. Zwift & online competition allow us the opportunity to fill some of that void. Someday, we will resume a normal season - hoping this year - but who really knows? In the interim, it will be interesting to me to see how the various athletes I know & coach will progress over the next few years participating in a season-less virtual world of racing combined with a season dependent real world of bike racing. In other words, how will racing so hard, 2 to 3 times per week in December, January and February affect their performances in the real world in May, June and July?
My gut feeling? Too hard, too soon, too often with too little time spent becoming more efficient in effort levels of light to moderate intensity. To be fair, with more and more of our road racing events becoming criteriums, maybe 60 minute Zwift races aren't too bad of a thing - but this soon? However, longer gravel races have been giving us back our "road-racing" (2,3,4 or more hours in length) style of competition - which again - stresses the importance of being more efficient at light to moderate metabolic levels.
Something to think about.....
Coach Jon and Anna-Lisa were hopeful that we would be able to continue to promote all the events we so dearly love this year. The summer P2P Training Race Series, the USA Cycling Rocky Mountain Regional Road Junior Talent ID & Abitibi Regional Team Selection Camps as well as our first gravel race, The Antelope Stampede scheduled for September 2020 in Kimball, Nebraska have all been cancelled.
We don't feel that offering these events during the ongoing pandemic with all the added public health and safety requirements is respectful of our current situation in America, Colorado, Nebraska, to our volunteers and athletic participants. Further, we strongly feel that by continuing to offer our events, our integrity and the spirit of our sport, of our particular events and of ourselves personally would be an act of recklessness and selfish behavior. We care about our participants health, safety and longevity and are not willing to risk that. There is just too much about this virus we don't know yet. And to make a bet that our staff and participants won't be exposed to it during our events is just not worth it.
We look forward to the future and to the possibility that 2021 will be the year we can resume all the events and involvement in competitive cycling we have missed out on in 2020. If we are able to resume a normal year in 2121, each event will be a celebration in simple normalcy. I will ensure there will be a special competition or prime, or sprint line that celebrates our return and maintenance of normalcy. Such a simple thing, yet so complicated and valuable.
Antelope Stampede GPS Map Course Links:
Coach Jon looks forward to directing the Team USA Juniors at the 52nd edition of the Tour L'Abitibi Nations Cup Stage Race in Canada in 2021. Sadly, there won't be a 2020 edition but our hopes to be there next year are high.
Training and Talent ID Camps:
All training camps are on hold for 2020, but look for Junior Talent ID Road Camps and gravel based camps next year. Coach Jon is designing a 3-day gravel training camp using roads in Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska with focus on nutrition, body balance for gravel riding, equipment maintenance, on-road repair, cue sheet & gps tricks, technique - date to be determined.
Coaching: Coach Jon's available athlete slots are full for the 2020 season. Stay tuned for the bios of the athletes Jon is currently working with!
About Peak to Peak Training Systems
Jon Heidemann's Peak to Peak Training Systems offers camps, seminars & clinics, races, training race series, bike fitting, testing and athlete/team consults. If interested in any of these services, please email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 303-913-3954 to set up a time. I am completely mobile and am willing to meet you anywhere it is convenient for you. Home? Office? Coffee shop? Tap room? You name it, I can make it.
P2P's primary focus is to coach, train, educate and support each athlete's ability to become the best cycling athlete possible whether that be competitive or non-competitive, road & off-road, cyclist or multi-sport athlete. I offer the following professional services from the experience & education almost 30 years as a cyclist, professional coach, team director, camp manager, talent identifier in junior, amateur and professional cycling, as well as a husband and father to 4 spectacular girls
* Coaching programs for all levels of cycling athletes - competitive or non-competitive
* Multi-user training programs popular with clubs and teams
* Clinics for road, mountain, cross, gravel and time-trials
* Cycling Training Camps
* Road Cycling Training Races
* Performance Field Testing in lab or on the road: power, heart rate, lactate threshold zones
If you are interested in any of the above services, contact me to discuss details or set up a appointment.