August 14, 2019
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, 1 week away 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.
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.
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ABOUT 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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