PACTIMO REWARDS(0)    PACTIMO & COVID-19  |  FREE EXCHANGES  |  FREE SHIPPING ON $70+ ORDERS    NEED HELP?   US Dollar British Pound

STORY LIBRARIES:   Tips & Advice  ·   People, Places & Things  ·   Training & Coaching
FEATURED BLOGGER:   Alison Powers - Triple National Champion


SBT GRVL: MTB Drills with 4 Days to Go

SBT GRVL: MTB Drills with 4 Days to Go

"Today's focus was tight turns/switchbacks, steering the bike, and vision."

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

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.

ALP Cycles Coaching

Colorado-based ALP Cycles Coaching has over 25 years of professional sports experience. Each coach brings specific strengths and personal experiences to coaching sessions while collaborating to create a training plan that works for each and every person. Learn more at alpcyclescoaching.com




Also in Alison Powers - Featured Blogger

6 Tips to Faster Time Trialing
6 Tips to Faster Time Trialing

Today, we have our monthly ALP Ride (coach/athlete ride). The goal of this month's ride is to not only pre-ride the Morgul Time Trial near Boulder, Colorado - but to dial in our time trialing strategy so no matter what the course, our ALP athletes would know how to look at the course and come up with their own individual race plans. 

Read More

Gravel Tires - A Need for Speed
Gravel Tires - A Need for Speed

A few weeks ago my friend quarantine teammate, ALP athlete, and ALP designer Daphne, and I did a fun and interesting test. We did this test because the past few times we had been riding bikes together, she was dropping me on the downhills; fairly hard and I wasn't just sitting around coasting. 

Read More

6th Annual ALP Cycles Climbing Challenge
6th Annual ALP Cycles Climbing Challenge

2020 has started in a very unique way. Because of that, we have decided to follow suit and do something unique as well. We are moving our annual Climbing Challenge from October to May.

Read More

Find us on Google+

x