August 02, 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 3 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.
20 days to go - Wednesday, July 30th
Day 3 of our annual tour of Colorado went from Carbondale to Avon at 66 miles and 2400ft of climbing, it was our easiest day of the Tour. However, due to all the pedaling, it felt harder than I thought it should. Minus a bit of downhill bike path riding (which was a wonderful warm-up), it climbed steadily for 53 miles. So, for 3hrs we pedaled. No coasting, no real climbs to get out of the saddle for. For me, this felt hard on my body - my back was a little sore (not as bad as Saturday), my butt was getting sore, my arms were getting tired, etc.
It was a beautiful route. Riding through Glenwood Canyon next to the high running Colorado was awesome. We saw rafters and kayakers.
Today, I got to ride the entire route while Paddy and Brie took care of the van and van stops.
The morning started close to usual- mobility, dynamic warm-up. No Foundation training today nor BCAA’s or preload. I started with the first group to leave and we had a great pace with high cadence on the path to Glenwood. Then came the canyon and it was hard to focus on anything other than the coolness of where we were riding. Once out of the canyon and onto highway 6, we had a nice pace and rode steady.
By the time we got to Avon, I was tired but not cooked. Today and Friday I had coke at the last van stop to make sure it went well with my belly as they will have it at SBTGRVL. Coke is the bomb and it tasted good and I liked it.
For me, I’m most satisfied with these type of events when everyone makes it to the end safely, with smiles on their faces, and satisfyingly tired legs. Mission accomplished on this year’s Tour! It was really awesome. The second sag car was most helpful and our logistics were on point. We are already planning next year’s route. Thank you to Paddy and Brie for their amazing help, great attitudes, organization, and willingness to laugh and be laughed at. It’s such a good time.
For me, this was a good 3 day training block. Given the fact that I’m in charge of 24 people, I was psyched to get some solid riding and my own tired legs. I now need to work on some repeated intensity (after rest).
Speaking of rest- today (Wednesday) 20 days to go- is a rest day. I did some solid foam and lacrosse ball rolling last night and that helped me feel so much better. Rolling really is so important to stay on top of. It helps the body feel better, and stay mobile.
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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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