Ability Gap Analysis ~ Work in Progress!
What is it?
An Ability Gap Analysis is a subjective
performance evaluation carried out on yourself, by yourself. It's non-stressful,
with no endurance requirement whatsoever. It's carried out with a
cup of tea and a biscuit or two. Thinking duration is around
fifteen minutes, with a ten minute warm up talking about the latest
cycling gossip, then a ten minute cool down to analyse your thoughts.
If you'd like more information on when and how
to use an Ability Gap Analysis Spidergram, please read the
Goal Setting factsheet.
Why do I need it?
Don't keep doing the same things and expect
different results. Honestly, it ain't gonna happen. You
can't get better by doing more of the same stuff you did last season.
Don't keep doing what you're good at. Identify your under
developed strengths (or when I was a lad, weaknesses) then target them
with a purpose.
How to Prepare
Sit down and take a good look at where you want to go
objective and goal wise. Now you have some idea of what you need
to achieve and by when.
First, choose the Analysis
Chart most suited to your objective. The blue boxes contain a
target ability score.
Study the eleven attribute target headings and the supporting
information for each.
Complete the eleven green boxes in the analysis chart with your current
self-determined ability to perform at each attribute heading.
The red boxes will highlight the "gap" between your
current attribute ability and that expected.
Take the three largest scores and write the attribute
heading you need to address in the yellow boxes.
Draw up a plan to address the gaps!
Some attributes, depending on the discipline, are more
required than others. Bike handling skills aren't really called for
when riding up Alpe d'Huez, but they are if you want to come down quick!
Also, power to weight ratio may be required to climb the Ventoux
in July, but you don't need to be dieting in October when you do your
Score the attributes you need at the level you need them
to be, not the level you would like them to be. You can't be a 10
At the end of your ability gap analysis you will have a
definitive indication of your self assessment and the specific areas on
which you should concentrate your training efforts.
This is a living document.
Don't just do it then forget it. It should form part of your
monthly review of your training. Always ask yourself, "am I on
track to get to where I need to be, by when I need to be there?"
The Ability Gap Analysis
works in conjunction with your training plan to help you meet your
To download your Road Race
Ability Gap Analysis click here...