For those of you that have been training with me the past weeks this tip is not breaking news. December is not the best month to take too much on in your training. You should still be training but the approach a bit more relaxed. My recommendation to my athletes has been to chill out a little. Lots of commitments, parties, family get togethers, work wrap-up, and all the other things that come with the holidays. I’ve been met with some resistance, yeah you know who you are, as I pin up the lower threshold cards for workouts. It’s not punishment I swear, just coach looking out for you. And it ensures you’re doing some good strength and base work. Remember those training words lost in the summer time quest for speed and climbing prowess? My other holiday tip has been to choose sleep before training. Getting your zzzzs this holiday season will help stave off getting sick and help you kick off the New Year healthy. The challenge has been no training if you don’t get 7-8 hours of sleep – 1 cheat day per week. This is not a bad guideline all year. To end on a funny note. My 2nd year professional I took a trip for the holidays to my hometown of St. Louis to visit family. I had packed my mountain bike and road bike and all the cold weather gear needed to ‘train’ through Christmas. Upon arrival I threw my bikes (still in bags) in the garage. Packing to head home was easy that year since I just had to grab the still packed bikes out of the garage. You know what I learned? The next year the bikes stayed back in Austin and I just took the time to get some rest and recharge for the season ahead. Wishing you all the best for the holidays and New Year!
2018 has a great deal ahead for Pedal Hard Training and this website for Kevin Livingston to showcase some of the individual pursuits that will be on track. February 1, 2018 was Day # 1 for Kevin’s personal training camp and new business goals. The Pedal Hard Training Center has moved to its new location at the Bicycle Sport Shop at their South Lamar location. The new relationship will allow Pedal Hard Training Center coaches to be involved in the many team, club and cycling events that the Bicycle Sport Shop supports and sponsors in the Austin area. Kevin is also looking forward to being home more in 2018 with his family & friends and on the bike as well. We’ll also be announcing some of his event consulting director positions at top level cycling races in the USA.