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8th Day

August 14, 2019

8th Day

"...I want to demonstrate how important recovery is when training for an event (or just life in general)."

by Alison Powers, ALP Cycles Coaching

In February, I wrote a blog post called Training to Train and in it, I disclosed that I had signed up for a bike race-Steamboat Gravel (SBT GRVL), a 141-mile race with 100 miles on dirt/gravel roads. Now, less than 2 weeks out from race day, I thought it would be fun and interesting to blog every day leading up to the race. I will blog about the specifics of my training, my preparation, my headspace, etc. All the things that lead up to race day that not everyone gets to see or understand. 

9 days to go - Friday, August 9th

Since I have started this SBTGRVL blog, I have had 7 recovery days. Today is my 8th. I want this to sink in— in the past almost 3 weeks, I have had 8 days off. As I’ve described before, days off are not always rest days, but I want to demonstrate how important recovery is when training for an event (or just life in general). Without proper rest and recovery, the body cannot make the changes and adaptations needed to become better, faster, stronger. Tomorrow will be my 9th rest day and there will be more this week leading into the race.

The past 3 days of training were hard. 5min intervals followed by a hard 4hr ride with 6,666ft of climbing all above 7,000ft and then 40/20’s. 2 of the days were double days. I’m tired. Train hard, rest hard, repeat.

Today was a great day to get work done, get caught up, and relax a bit (no rolling or stretching or anything today). Then, off to Specialized Boulder to meet with a few riders from ALP Cycles Racing and 7 girls from Mile High 360. This was cool. Mile High 360 is a comprehensive, wrap-around services program designed to provide students from high-poverty communities with after-school, weekend and summer access to essential out-of-school resources in three core areas. Today’s summer activity was to ride bikes. Together, we did bike handling drills, laid down fat skids, and finished with a relay race (the Skittles team won. And yes, the girl in the above photo did eventually crash due to keeping her right foot down all the time…).

Riding with the Mile High 360 girls, and riders from ALP Cycles racing was a fun and rewarding way to give back to the community and help to grow bike riding.

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ABOUT ALISON POWERS

Alison Powers

Alison Powers only recently retired from cycling, finishing her final season on the UnitedHealthcare Women’s Team. Her career has spanned a wide array of wins, including the 2013 USA Cycling Professional Criterium National Championship where she won in memorable fashion by soloing after an early breakaway that obliterated the pro women’s peloton. Other standout results during the 33-year-old’s 2013 season include the win at Redlands Bicycle Classic, second at the Tour of Elk Grove, third at the US National Road Championship and the US National Time Trial Championship, and stage wins at Cascade Classic, Tulsa Tough, Tour of the Gila and Redlands Bicycle Classic. Hailing from Fraser, Colorado, Powers has been racing bikes professionally for eight years and is a true athlete with her career beginning as a teenager in mountain bike racing. In her mid 20s, she added in alpine ski racing before switching over to the road. In addition to being the current Criterium National Champion, Powers has two other national championships (Time Trial, Team Pursuit) and 2 NRC titles (2009, 2013).

 

About ALP Cycles Coaching

ALP Cycles Coaching is located in the mountains of Colorado, and is a cycling coaching company with over 25 years of professional sports experience. ALP Cycles Coaching is unique in that we have 4 coaches, Alison Powers, Shawn Heidgen, Jennifer Triplett, and Patricia Schwager who each brings her own coaching strengths and personal experiences. We work together to create a training plan that works for each and every person. Visit them online at http://alpcyclescoach




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