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SBT GRVL: Training Ride with the MTB Team

SBT GRVL: Training Ride with the MTB Team

"Personally, my body took a while to get going."

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.

7 days to go - Sunday, August 11th

1 week to go! After months of planning, prepping, training, resting, eating, sleeping, the race is right around the corner.

This morning was an ALP Cycles Racing mountain bike team ride. We met at Tin Shed Sports and off we went. Most of the riders had raced yesterday or were on a rest week, so the ride was pretty mellow but didn’t lack in fun, beauty, or skills talk. We are trying to grow our dirt side of the race team. Our road team is strong and diverse and that’s what our MTB and CX teams are looking to copy. During the ride, we talked about body position and weight distribution, vision, steering with the knees, and relaxing and letting the body and bike flow. We were out for 2hrs and it was great.

Personally, my body took a while to get going. After two days off, I felt sluggish and slow. As the ride went on, I started to open up and feel a lot better (and my bike didn’t feel as heavy).

I came home and took a nap (!!). I don’t usually nap like I did today, so that is a solid sign that my body is still tired. Post nap, was a few house chores and then another solid roll and stretch session. I’m still tight but am starting to loosen up a bit.



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




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