What 2020 Taught Us and the Exciting Places 2021 Will Take Us

What lessons did we learn from a challenging 2020? What event or adventure plans do we have in 2021? We dive in.

Cyclist in Ireland on the Wild Atlantic Way
Cycling along County Donegal's Coast Road, Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland. Photo: Chris Case

We can learn a lot by looking back. And one of the best parts of being an athlete is planning ahead, setting goals, and choosing your next adventure.

[For more on this, check out episode 140: How to Set Training and Performance Goals.]

In this episode, the Fast Talk team, plus frequent guests, share the lessons they learned from a challenging 2020, and then declare their big, scary goals, races, and rides for 2021.

First, looking back. We ask ourselves this question: Despite 2020 being an “off” year in terms of most racing and riding plans, were you still able to set goals and hit personal achievements in 2020 that you can look back on with satisfaction? What did you learn from these experiments?

Then, looking back. Chris Case aims for the TransAtlantic Way bikepacking race. Trevor Connor aims for the Joe Martin stage race. Our Head Coach Ryan Kohler heads for the hills of the Breck Epic. Producer Jana Martin is gunning for Crooked Gravel.

We also hear declarations of adventure from Dr. Stephen Seiler, Hannah Rae Finchamp, Julie Young, Dr. Stephen Cheung, Jen Sharp, Grant Holicky, and Colby Pearce.

What did you learn in 2020? How did you make the most of a challenging year? And what are your adventure or race plans/goals in 2021? Join the conversation in the forum.

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