by Alison Powers, ALP Cycles Coaching
In February ALP Coach, Alison Powers, announced that she had signed up for SBT GRVL, a 141-mile race with 100 miles on dirt/gravel roads in Steamboat, Colorado. With race day approaching, she’s been blogging every day leading up to the race. She blogs about the specifics of her training, her preparation, headspace, etc. All the things that lead up to race day that not everyone gets to see or understand.
4 days to go - Wednesday, August 14th
In an ideal world, we make a plan and are able to follow the plan to a “T”. However, our bodies are not machines, and plans often have to be changed. In this case, I’m referring to a training plan. When I roughly laid out my ideal training, I would have put in some work this past weekend and then taken it easy early week this week and I scheduled things to do so. Instead, I took it easy over the weekend and am still taking it easy early week this week due to said scheduled things. While I would like to have a little more “work” in my legs, I woke up this morning and had a spring in my step. Wow, my legs and body felt good.
This morning was a 2-hour private mountain bike skills session with the same nice/strong lady I had a clinic with 2 weeks ago. Today’s focus was tight turns/switchbacks, steering the bike, and vision. She did really well and we had fun. Riding my MTB felt easy and my bike felt light under me. I would have loved to ride more, but I had LB scheduled. LB is the body work master and I scheduled this appointment 5 weeks ago. His work usually wrecks my legs for a day or two and then I feel great, so that’s the plan here.
Otherwise, I added a few more things to my to-do list and got a few things checked off. I’m getting pretty excited to head to Steamboat.
ABOUT ALISON POWERS
Now retired from racing, Alison Powers is the only person, in history, to win all three road discipline National Championships in one year (Road, Criterium and Time Trial - 2014). These go along with two previous national championships (Time Trial 2008, Team Pursuit 2008), two National Racing Calendar titles, and a 2nd place at the Leadville 100 mountain bike race (2013, 7:26hrs). Today she is the owner of ALP Cycles Coaching where she teaches road, cyclocross, and mountain bike clinics, and high performance race preparation and tactics. Alison is also team director for ALP Cycles Racing, a professional women's road and cyclocross team based in Boulder, Colorado.
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