Heidi, over at The Everyday Athlete provokes me. Her last article addressed something I hadn't put into words yet. Last year, I had a fitness plan. It was all about training for the Leadville 100 MTB. I worked my plan. I got fit.
This year, I'm not doing an ultra-distance mountain bike race. So I haven't worked out a plan. But I want to keep fit enough to take some epic rides here in Colorado. I also want to get back to a semi-competent state of running, likely a 1/2 marathon in spring, marathon this fall. But then I also need to keep up the weight work, and keep the flexibility and core strength I've gained in my ski conditioning class.
What to do? Simply plan at the intersection of consistency and diversity. One doesn't have to negate the other. I'm showing up at the gym pretty regularly, which is good. I run or ride 4-5 times a week. I'm just not being as strategic as I could be. The diversity of my training is more haphazard than intentional. With a pen and paper in hand, I'm pretty sure I have the knowledge to produce a fitness plan that will take me to the best all-round fitness I've experienced in years.