Keeping Bike Fit Off the Bike

What to do when riding isn't an option. by Alison Powers, ALP Cycles Coaching Good fitness requires consistency. Good bike riding fitness requires consistent bike riding. However, for some of us, it can be tough to find time to fit in 3 bike rides a week. And for others, due to travel, work, family, and other constraints, being able to ride once a week is a good week. So, the question becomes, "how do I…

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The 3% Rule

"Chicago Women's Elite Cycling Team Warming up for the Time Trail at Joe Martin Stage Race." by  Jennifer Sharp, ALP Cycles Coaching 3% You spend money on equipment, coaching, nutritional advice, etc. yet are you getting the most out of your racing? If you knew that you could improve your cycling by 3% and increase the likelihood of winning a race - you'd do it right? At this point, you've probably pined a number or…

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What Does it Take to be the Best?

"For me, my hard work, focus and sacrifice were 100% every day." by Alison Powers, ALP Cycles Coaching While visiting my parents a few weeks ago, my Mom asked me to clean some of my old stuff from the closet. I found many notebooks of old training logs, on snow training plans, workout ideas, and more training logs. As a ski racer, I keep amazing track of my daily workouts, training, goals, etc. Notebooks and…

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How to Sleep Well After Hard Training

"If all else fails, try taking melatonin 30 min before bedtime." by ALP Cycles Coaching A lot of us use exercise to improve our sleep. However, for many of us, after a hard training ride, it can be tough to get a good night sleep. Here are some tips to help ensure a better night sleep after a hard bike ride. -Timing: Aim to do your workout earlier in the day. This is because when…

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Consistency is Key

"It's important to plan structured, targeted and regular training followed by rest days and rest periods." by Patricia Schwager, ALP Cycles Coaching We all know that to become better at something we need to practice. Consistent training is key, in order to make progress in your training. If you like to become better at riding your bike you have to train. By training hard we stress our body physically. During recovery, after hard training, is…

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ALP Cycles Coaching – Tour of Colorado – Big Mountain Passes

Join ALP Cycles Coaching on a 3-day tour through some of the biggest mountain passes Colorado has to offer. July 24-26, 2016. by Alison Powers, ALP Cycles Coaching The 3-day tour starts and finishes in Carbondale, Colorado. Day 1 (74 miles) starts with a warm-up climb up McClure Pass (8,700ft). After a 15 mile descent, we begin the climb up Kebler Pass to almost 10,000ft. We are rewarded with a scenic descent into Crested Butte,…

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Find a Cycling Coach – How To

First, it's best to determine what you're looking for in a coach. by Alison Powers, ALP Cycles Coaching Finding a cycling coach is pretty easy. If you Google 'Cycling Coaches' many options come up. Here is the Denver/Boulder area, there are at least 40 coaches you can choose from. However, finding 1 - a good coach and 2 - a coach who you like, trust, and can openly talk to, is a lot tougher. A…

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ALP Cycles Coaching Inaugural Climbing Challenge – Results

We had 15 people step up to the challenge. by Alison Powers, ALP Cycles Coaching Our 4-day Climbing Challenge has come to an end. The Challenge was just that - it was challenging and hard. The 4 days of climbing over and over again, on top of our Saturday ALP Ride got people out of their comfort zones. It forced them to do things on their bikes that they would not normally do. It forced…

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