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Rest then go Big

August 02, 2019

Rest then go Big

"I knew I needed another rest day..."

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. 

23 days to go - Saturday, July 27th

I needed another rest day for 4 reasons 

  1. I wanted one (no desire to ride)
  2. I was still tired (from the Lickskillet ride)
  3. I knew what was coming (ALP tour of Colorado)
  4. I had to finish up details for the Tour (organizing 3 days of riding for 24 people).

22 days to go - Sunday, July 28th

Day 1 of ALP Cycles Coaching tour of Colorado. The best 3 days on a road bike Alison Powers Tour of Coloradoevery year. This year, I was a bit selfish and scheduled the Tour exactly 3 weeks out from Steamboat. Three weeks out from an event is a perfect time to do a big training block. We have several riders on the Tour who are racing Steamboat and Leadville, so the timing is perfect (3 weeks and 2 weeks out).

Today was big and it was great training and preparation for Steamboat; 97 miles and 7,400ft of climbing. We rode from Avon to Aspen. The goal of today was to go hard, see what we were made of and how much we could handle. I got cooked. The first climb started a bit fast and I knew it was more than 1- I could sustain for 75 more miles and 2- the others could also sustain. But that’s why we are here, to see how much we could handle before exploding (i.e. to learn pacing and patience for a long event).

In addition to taking care of the Tour riders, I fit in the usual Foundation training, mobility, BCAA’s, and preload. 4 hours later I was questioning doing Foundation before a ride. While it does activate my “posterior chain” I started to wonder if it also pre-fatigued it. My back was dying today. My legs were also hurting but my back was very sore/tired and ended up being my limiter. This is discouraging, but all I can do is keep working and doing my best to get it ready to handle 8+hrs on the bike on dirt roads.

Hydration was good. Nutrition was good. Pacing was too fast to start. Headspace was good.

ALP Cycles Tour of Colorado Day 1

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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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