This Christmas day, I’ve set every single one of my clients a day off.
For some people this goes against their rule of getting miles in, such as the Strava Festive 500 over the Christmas period, but there’s a good reason for it. We’re not all pros and we don’t need to ride every day of the week, especially on a day which is supposed to be family orientated.
Don’t get me wrong, I have in the past gone out for a ride on Christmas day, maybe around an hour to get some fresh air and burn the lunch off. I’ve not prohibited any of my riders from doing this either, I have just not given anyone a set plan for the day.
That’s really what I believe actually helps with success and being coached; knowing what you’re doing is beneficial in the long run. The training/life balance is crucial, which is why no-one should be under pressure to go and get 5hrs in on Christmas Day.
Knowing that a plan is in place to progress a rider going forwards means that taking Christmas Day off, well, it’s just like any other rest day. Mentally this is great as there’s such a thing as being too focused on the plan and burning out before the season’s even started. I’ve seen many a rider clock loads of miles over the winter to actually have a rather mediocre race season. Wouldn’t we all prefer it the other way around? Riding should be fun after all.
As I say, we’re not professional riders, so put your feet up, have a good Christmas dinner and have a great Christmas everyone!
Edit: Actually, I’ve a couple of riders doing Boxing Day events, they’ve got some leg openers to do on Christmas day!