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Alison PowersNow 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), 2 National Racing Calendar titles, and a 2nd place at the Leadville 100 mountain bike race (2013, 7:26hrs). Today she coaches road, cyclocross, and mountain bike skills clinics, and high performance race preparation and tactics. Learn more at alpcyclescoaching.com

Things You Won't Find on the Blog

Things You Won't Find on the Blog

by Alison Powers
August 16, 2019

I was talking to my sister and she was telling me how much she enjoyed reading the blog (yay!). I said, “you know what you won’t read in the blog is the fact that I’ve had diarrhea the past 1.5 days so I’m stopping all fiber now. 

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4 Days to Go!

4 Days to Go!

by Alison Powers
August 16, 2019

In an ideal world, we make a plan and are able to follow the plan to a “T”. However, our bodies are not machines, and plans often have to be changed. In this case, I’m referring to a training plan. 

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The Final Preparation Begins

The Final Preparation Begins

by Alison Powers
August 14, 2019

This close to a big event, it isn’t really about the bike or the training anymore. It’s about the preparation. Dialing in the final details that can make or break your race.

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To Rest is to Recover

To Rest is to Recover

by Alison Powers
August 14, 2019

Not much to report on today. It was another rest day. As often seems the case, I was more tired today (2 days after the training block) than I was yesterday.

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Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day

by Alison Powers
August 14, 2019

An early ski coach of mine used to always say, “at the end of the day, you are your own best coach”. I didn’t understand that. Did that mean he was a bad coach, or I needed to learn how to be a ski coach? I’ve come to learn that coaches are unique.

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ALP Team MTB Ride

ALP Team MTB Ride

by Alison Powers
August 14, 2019

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

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40/20's

40/20's

by Alison Powers
August 12, 2019

Today was an early morning so I could get to Boulder to meet and ride with one of my ALP Cycles Coaching athletes. He is a very strong rider and would be on a TT bike, so I needed to bring my ‘A’ game (that’s part of the reason I didn’t go longer yesterday).

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Getting Dialed

Getting Dialed

by Alison Powers
August 09, 2019

Today was my last big/hard training ride before SBTGRVL. The last day to get everything dialed in. I tried a different approach with my dynamic warm-up and activation this morning. Since I did core yesterday, I felt pretty “activated”, but tight. I was worried that that would lead to a bike ride filled with back pain, so I rolled out (with the lacrosse ball) mostly my left side.

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5x5's

5x5's

by Alison Powers
August 07, 2019

What a difference a rest day makes. I felt a lot better today and was ready for some good training. I’ve mentioned in earlier blog posts that my training has been lacking anaerobic efforts, so today was another day to get those e

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Criterium 101: Presented by ALP Cycles Racing

Criterium 101: Presented by ALP Cycles Racing

by Alison Powers
January 31, 2018

"Want to try criterium bike racing but don't know where to start? Already racing but want to learn how to be more efficient and faster? Want to hang out with some really cool women and have fun on bikes? Then this clinic is for you!"

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Lead Up To Worlds

Lead Up To Worlds

by Alison Powers
September 22, 2017

"Preparing for the World Championships feels like preparing for any other race. Only this time I traveled to Europe about 4 weeks before and raced 2 stage races equaling in 10 race days over 11 days total. After that block was finished it was about some recovery and then back to work continuing to build over the remaining two weeks."

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2 Weeks to Go #alpclimbingchallenge

2 Weeks to Go #alpclimbingchallenge

by Alison Powers
September 18, 2017

"Our annual Climbing Challenge is 2 weeks away. September 28th-October 1st will be year 3 of the ALP Cycles Coaching Climbing Challenge. You will have 4 days and 9-11hrs max (depending on age) to climb as much as possible (the contest will be keeping track on Strava). We will have prizes and fun activities to do and to participate in."

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What Does Team Mean?

What Does Team Mean?

by Alison Powers
September 18, 2017

"Riders who, in my mind, were on better teams, who had better equipment and who being provided better opportunities, were beating me. After years of pushing back weakness, I had no idea I was the one holding myself back. Relying on myself was causing me to not grow as an athlete or teammate- and thus as a person."

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The Colorado Classic - ALP Cycles Racing Race Recap

The Colorado Classic - ALP Cycles Racing Race Recap

by Alison Powers
August 16, 2017

"Our new race team, ALP Cycles Racing, was lucky enough to race in the Colorado Classic - a 2 day event that raced through the Garden of the Gods of Colorado Springs on Thursday and up Moonstone Climb, a 1km climb that has sections of 15% grade, on Friday in Breckenridge."

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What is the Ideal Cadence?

What is the Ideal Cadence?

by Alison Powers
June 21, 2017

Riding a bike is different from other endurance sports. When we ride a bike, we have the ability to change gears and to choose a cadence to pedal with. However, one of the most confusing aspects of cycling is to understand what the ideal cadence is.

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Summer Month Motivation

Summer Month Motivation

by Alison Powers
June 19, 2017

It’s finally summer time.  The weather is nice and the days are long. However, for many bike racers, June is a tough month, motivation wise.  Early season races have come and gone, goals have either been met or not quite achieved, you pretty much know how your season is going to turn out, and the motivation to train and race is weaning.   Just as bike riding is at its best, people are tiring of riding and training.

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How Long Between Workouts Should I wait Before Doing Another Hard Workout?

How Long Between Workouts Should I wait Before Doing Another Hard Workout?

by Alison Powers
May 22, 2017

The most important aspect to riding and racing success is hard training. The second most important aspect to riding and racing success is recovery; for you can’t ride hard, unless you are rested and ready to do so.  But, how do you know when you are rested and ready to ride har

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5 Tips to Avoid Getting Dropped

5 Tips to Avoid Getting Dropped

by Alison Powers
May 05, 2017

1. Get in the draft
Learn to draft off other riders and be comfortable riding in close proximity to others. If you draft behind another rider who is cutting into the wind you gain an advantage. Up 
to 40% less energy can be used in the draft when a group of people are riding 
together.

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