Getting in Touch with Why

Suddenly riding a bike isn’t just about riding a bike. It’s a way of life, a lifestyle, a choice. by Jennifer Sharp, ALP Cycles Coaching Do you know why you do what you do? Do you know why you like to ride your bike, do intervals, work where you work, and live where you live? Can you really get to the root of why? What if you could get in touch with the why’s? If you could…

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How to Deal with an Injury

If you feel something isn't right don't just push through it.  by Patricia Schwager, ALP Cycles Coaching My July blogpost is about how to deal with an injury. I chose this topic because I’m just getting back from an injury and that’s why I’d like to write about it. Being inured was a hard time for me and I learned a lot about myself during this time. Being injured probably taught me a lot more…

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Team Tactics

Most important - have a race plan but also have a plan B and a plan C. by Alison Powers, ALP Cycles Coaching Wednesday morning was our monthly coach/athlete ride. We call these monthly rides the ‘ALP Rides’. Each ride has a specific focus and goal for the workout. This month the focus was on team tactics and team racing. Alison brought several of her jersey’s she’s won over the years and teams were divided…

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Leadville Trail 100 Pre-Ride Weekend

We had over 100 miles of riding in 10hrs. by Alison Powers, ALP Cycles Coaching  This past weekend we were in Leadville, pre-riding the Leadville Trail 100. It was a fun and jam packed two days. Here is a re-camp of what we did. Saturday Short talk about the course, and the sections we were riding that day. We started at the bottom of Powerline and headed toward Columbine in the pavement and dirt road…

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Training With Minimal Time

Quality over Quantity... by Alison Powers, ALP Cycles Coaching For most of us, we don’t have 15-25hrs each week to train and ride our bike. Between family, work, and life chores, it’s hard to find time each day to ride. We have to make the most of what time to train we have. We want to achieve cycling success and gain fitness but how do we do that with just 3-4 days per week on…

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Criterium Racing – Tips and Skills

Positioning in a crit is very important... by Alison Powers, ALP Cycles Coaching This past Wednesday evening was our June ALP ride and the  topic was criterium racing. Criterium (crit) racing is a lot more than going around in a circle for 45 min and sprinting at the end. Tactics, skills, team work, and fitness all come into play when racing a crit. The things we talked about and practiced were: - Tactics- decide on a…

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Mental Training

Stay in the comfort zone or strive to go further? by Jennifer Sharp, ALP Cycles Coaching ALP Coach Jennifer Sharp was in Colorado Springs this week coaching the USA Cycling Talent ID Mountain Bike Camp. While there, she was asked a question by a young athlete that spurred this blog post.  A young athlete asked me recently: “So, do I just need to lay it all out there and go faster on the downhills?” I thought to…

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Importance of Recovery

How seriously are you taking recovery? by Patricia Schwager, ALP Cycles Coaching Are you doing enough to recover from training and racing? A lot of athletes underestimate the need for recovery and the power of recovery. First important thing to do is cooling-down. Make sure you are doing a cool-down after finishing a race. No matter how good or bad the race went, spin out your legs for 15 to 20 min. Ride at an…

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