ADAPT, RE-FOCUS, RE-TOOL, RE-INVEST
Adapting to new conditions is one of the design elements on the key to success - no matter what you do (business, teaching, athletics, medical fields, tradesmen, etc). This past season has stressed that skill to limits most of us would have never imagined. I have always stressed this skill in the athletes I have worked with. The better they are with adaptation to new or unexpected conditions, the more success they will experience when it matters most.
Usually, you can predict conditions and prepare for it. The rest of the time when you can't, you re-focus on what you can do, not what you can't change. Understanding the balance between the effort involved in changing what you can't vs amplifying the effort involved in improving what you can is key managing this change. This does not mean ignore the new condition and keep doing what you do best. Simply put, you engage it in order to learn about it, understand it, know what makes it tick and how it impacts you. Then you decide what takes more energy to manage and what the likely outcome will be based on that decision. All too often, I see athletes put up a bigger fight with the new condition than with adatping or empowering their own skillsets in the battle of competition. Its here that momentum for a athlete is either generated towards success or re-absorbed in a the opposite direction from success.
Empowering our own skills when conditions have changed often requires us to either amplify our preparation or find new ways to improve those skillsets WITH the new condition as a common condition. For example, a skilled time-trialist when temperatures are 90*F or lower planning to do a time-trial in an environment that commonly averages 105*F. You would re-tool that training environment to include some prep for performance in 105*F .
The process of adapting to new rules, standards, and conditions allows us as athletes, coaches, and athletics directors to continue to re-invest in the effort and efficiently devote energy to accomplishing our set goals, whether its for ourselves, the athletes we work with or the events we help to drive.
I pray that I can adapt, refocus, retool and reinvest for myself, my athletes and the events I promote in 2021!
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.