Today is the last rest day in the Tour and on Sunday we will all be celebrating in Paris. The last week (or hours) of an event can become mentally challenging for all types of riders and Rory is certainly no different. The children and I went to visit him for lunch this afternoon and he was eager to eat and take a nap after a decent morning training session.
A question asked by many athletes at some point during their cycling story: “Why am I riding?”
I asked Rory about this today as he enters his last week of the Tour and how other athletes can set a purpose for their racing and riding. This can become difficult with fatigue, but a good coach can help you set a purpose for your goals and your training. Rory has loads of experience with this and had a couple of tips for other riders.
Always have an objective. When you leave your house it is important to have a daily objective. Now, this objective could be “enjoy the day and stop for a coffee along the way.” Not all days require intensive training, but it is important to understand what you are doing and why. Rory and the team set objectives during each stage of the Tour and this enables them to be more successful as individuals and a team.
Your daily objectives should lead you towards your larger goal. Again, this is where good coaching comes into play. Rory rides each day to support the team goals at the Tour. Each day is a building block to the goal and this is true for any rider.
It may be the last week, but the team is still raring to go and they used the rest day to analyse each coming stage to prepare a plan to best reach their goals for this Tour. Several key stages are still to come and as we all know, things can change dramatically in one day.