The World Masters Track Championships are the pinnacle event for Masters track riders and the 2016 Championships is getting closer with just under 54 days to go!
For those who are looking towards the 2017 Masters Games in Cambridge, NZ - the Championships are not too far off for you also, with just under 255 days to go!
Further ahead, the 2017/18 UCI Masters Track Cycling World Championships will be held in Los Angeles (USA) with dates to be confirmed.
Before reading on, at the bottom of this blog we have two short questions about your training program in the lead up to the Masters World Games /Championships for both Manchester and Cambridge events - if you have the time, we'd really appreciate the feedback in the comments below!
Nothing could be more motivating than watching the Olympic Games events over the next few weeks!
So, if you’re looking for that extra bit of motivation - just turn the telly on and watch as the world’s finest track cyclists take to the newly laid wooden boards of Rio.
What you will notice in watching the Olympic Track Cyclists is just how finely tuned they are and near-perfectly prepared for their events.
We want to offer you some thoughts and advice to ensure you’re prepared for the World Masters Track Cycling Championships whether they be in Manchester this year, or the Games in Cambridge next year.
Manchester - World Masters Championships
When: 1st - 8th October 2016
Where: Manchester, England
Weeks until commencement: 7
Cambridge - World Masters Games
When: 21-30th April, 2017
Where: Cambridge, New Zealand
Weeks until commencement: 36
If you’re preparing for Manchester, whether that be for Sprint or Endurance disciplines, or a combination of both, with less than 8 weeks until start date, you will be wanting to make sure you’ve done a solid amount of training up until this point.
You'll also want to make sure you are in a training phase that encompasses an-aerobic and speed work elements, whilst still tapping into your aerobic system.
When we look at periodisation, we break up the annual training plan into phases and cycles and focus on specific areas of development.
This ensures each athlete progresses throughout the season and has the best chance at producing his/her performances for their targeted event on race day.
We’ve written a blog on Periodisation to help you understand where you need to be now, as you progress towards the World Masters Championships.
Whilst every athlete’s program will vary, generally the training phase that are focused on in the lead up to an event only really differ between disciplines.
A sprint athlete will work on aerobic development at the start of season.
Couple it with strength in the gym and progress into the anaerobic/strength-power phase before working on the anaerobic and ATP-CP system whilst focusing on speed prior the tapering period.
This is similar to the endurance athlete, however the volume is subject to change.
You will find that endurance athletes will generally spend shorter periods working on the ATP-CP system, and instead will make up this time with anaerobic and aerobic based efforts specific to their events.
If you’re preparing for Cambridge, you are more than likely to be working on your aerobic and an-aerobic systems whilst developing strength and power in the gym at this present point (36 weeks out from competition).
Whilst you’re working on these systems don’t forget to focus on technical development - which might include practicing tactics, standing starts, pacing and entry lines which are all important and fundamental to success.
Nutrition plays a fundamental role in recovering the body, but also in maintaining a race-ready physique!
We have a two part blog which discusses the importance of good nutrition, and offers sound advice on how to maintain nutrition for performance in the lead up to major events.
Nutrition Tips: Part 1
Nutrition Tips: Part 2
When you’re planning for good nutrition around training and racing, keep in mind these 3 factors:
Equally important to good nutrition, is good recovery.
If you don’t recover properly, a number of things can happen such as:
Our Olympic Physiotherapist, Mark Stokes highlights his top 3 recovery strategies to give yourself the best chance at bouncing back and progressing your training, which are:
Outside of these 3 fundamental recovery habits, there are a number of ‘1 percenters’ such as wearing compression gear, participating in ice baths and getting regular massage.
Having good recovery practices will help you achieve better training gains at your next session, giving you the ability to put out quality efforts with less fatigue.
It will also ensure you perform well at racing sessions, therefore maximising your recovery opportunities will ensure you continue to achieve the results you are chasing.
Having a training program to follow is extremely important to progress and reach your goals - this goes without saying.
However, we would like your feedback and comments to find out just how prepared you are in the lead up to either of the Masters Worlds events as highlighted above.
So if you don’t mind answering the following questions, we’d be grateful for the feedback which we will use to survey the demand for a World Masters Training Program specific to either of the two World Masters Track Championships events.
Simply type your answers in the comments box below:
We look forward to hearing from you! And feel free to share with other Masters riders. Thanks :)