National Team Manager, Luke Madill gives you the down low on how best to go about your return to the track after big events.
Now that the dust has settled from the Nationals and everyone has had time to reflect on their results, it can be hard to reset your goals for the rest of the year.
Some riders will be concentrating on World Championships, others have their sights set on the National series, and some of you may just be having some time out on the track to regroup.
The hardest thing when it comes to resetting yourself after a big event is what you took away from it. Whether the event was a success and you achieved your goals or not, we have to go away and discover what went right and what went wrong.
What we have recently been doing with the National Team riders is evaluate their performances, then help them recognise their strength and weaknesses.
We have a list of areas that the riders need to asses themselves on e.g skills, race craft, mental strength and ambition/hunger for winning.
Identifying strengths and weaknesses in these areas allows for a better structure to a riders training program, which then leads to making the right changes to continue progressing with their development.
The other area that needs to be reset is your goals.
When setting your goals, you have to take a few things into account.
When thinking about goal setting most people think about race results. This is fine, but your goals do not always have to be set around a race result, and you can add in training goals e.g jumping a new jump, new sprint time or new PB in the gym.
Setting short-term goals in you training program will help you then achieve your long-term results in racing.
It is important to set realistic and achievable goals. Setting unrealistic goals can lead to failure, which then leads to a continual disappointment and disengagement from the sport.
If you are a rider that suffers from nerves and anxiety, try not focus your goals purely on results. When your focus is on the result, it adds a certain expectation on you before the race even begins.
Instead, try focus on other things like consistent lap time, smarter race lines, stronger hill times. These types of goals are achievable and take away the pressure you set on yourself.
Setting plans and goals is a continually changing process and it is important to set aside some time to have them in place.