While making my Zwifting goals for 2021 I realized some of them come from not doing my 2020 goals well. Mainly, my Couch to Route Hero challenge could have been so much better!
We’re all in this Zwift community together so I hope you find this list of mistakes will keep you from making the same ones. Here’s what I didn’t get right last year–
#1: Core workouts
I said it often, “I need to do more core strengthening exercises.” Even doing ONE would have been more than what I was doing. Strengthening my core would have meant better form while Zwifting and less of the pains that come with poor form and/or a weak core. This one is key! I know that now.
#2: Rolling Out My IT Band
I am now suffering from bursitis and tendonitis of the IT Band. Had I rolled it out regularly I don’t believe I would have these problems. (Keep in mind, I’m not a doctor or coach. Do what’s best for your body, get advice from an expert for your own situation.)
I did some stretching, but usually only after really long rides. I should have stretched much more often, and held those stretches for much longer.
#4: Extending Grace to Myself
Toward the end of my Route Challenge (when 11 weeks turned into 13!) I found some weeks took 10-15 hours of riding! I should have given myself more grace to extend the whole challenge out even longer. Fewer rides each week toward the end would have meant it took longer, but it would have been less difficult on my body.
My chiropractor knows what he’s talking about: “if you want to stay out of my office, don’t add more than 10% each week!” Just because I made a plan doesn’t mean I have to finish it out exactly how I started.
To see a list of what I did right check out the wrap up of the challenge I completed in 2020.
What about you?
What are your Zwifting goals this year? What did you learn last year that could help others as they make their Zwifting goals for 2021?