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. We are now 4 weeks out from race day and 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.
27 days to go - Tuesday, July 23rd
Today was a planned rest day. After 5 days of riding, I was ready for a break (more mentally than physically). I mentioned in Day 1's blog that I have no plans to pre-ride the Steamboat course. So, today I took the time to get to know the course. I have already watched all the course video's that the race has provided (thank you for doing that!) but I was having a hard time putting it all together and seeing the course in my head. So, today I made a map of the course, watched the videos, made notes, and am starting to understand what it all entails. I also realized that I have seen part of the course thanks to the Steamboat Stage Race road race course.
In addition to my map, I also updated my competitor list. I have an excel sheet with all the women who are racing the Black course as Pro's. Last I checked, there were 49 of us and next to each name is something about them; either their team, their achievements, their bio, etc. It's an impressive list for women. From professional mountain bike racers to euro roadies to gravel specialists. In my opinion, this will be the most exciting race of the year. As a spectator, it will be fun to follow along. As a racer, it will be very hard.
My rest day ended by coaching a mountain bike skills clinic. Every summer, I teamed up with Tin Shed Sports and Salto Coffee in Nederland and we host a 3-series free mountain bike clinic. Coaching skills clinics is my most favorite part of coaching. I believe skills is the #1 least trained aspect of bike racing. No matter what discipline you do (road, MTB, CX), if you don't spend time on your bike handling skills, you'll never reach your full potential (breaking through every corner is not fast).
It was a good rest day and much needed.
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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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