PictureA goof-off hike

Ah, home away from home.  The sleeping, lounging and kitchen arrangements are just what you’d planned. You’ve checked in and unpacked for your long weekend or week in the condo or house nestled among hundreds of square miles of great riding. No transferring from point A to point B. No housekeeping or maintenance chores. A bicycle shop nearby rented you a carbon frame model you’ve longed to demo.  You’re in cycling heaven. What could go wrong?

Usually – me.  I could go wrong.  Illness or injury certainly.  But also my focus, determination and willpower may flag. It may look like I’m all ready to go cycle.  But not on this day. I must keep a watchful eye on laziness versus over-achievement.

I enjoy myself most when I maximize my cycling, my rest and recovery and my other activities.  And it’s incredibly easy to let one facet dominate and put the others at risk. Too much cycling with not enough rest or water and I could be toast for the 6,000′ climb planned for the next day. (It’s happened.)  Too much R&R or tourism results in unmet training goals. (That’s happened too.)

What do I do?  I take a simplified version of my training plan along. It’s been tweaked to incorporate the rides I’d like to complete and allow time for the other activities. Others wake up every morning and are totally satisfied doing whatever strikes their mood at the moment. My framework may be too structured or confining for many people but I stay more disciplined and therefore maximize my enjoyment at my home away from home and my new favorite cycling location. For others my “minimal plan” isn’t enough to pack in all the cycling they want. And they don’t want to miss a mile.

What will you do?  Figure out your style.  How much will you regret it later if you don’t achieve the climb up Alpe d’Huez?  How awful would you feel if the climb up Alpe d’Huez left you with a 2-week recovery period and a respiratory infection that keeps you from Galibier?  How are you going to maximize your fun? Invest some time to plan how you’ll manage yourself, or not, and you’ll have a great vacation at your new home away from home.

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