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Alison Powers - Triple National ChampionNow 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

SBT GRVL: Final Preparations & Race Recap

SBT GRVL: Final Preparations & Race Recap

by Alison Powers

Since I didn’t post about Friday or Saturday, I’ll start there. Friday was a day off the bike. I packed, I worked, and I got ready to leave early Saturday morning. I do remember rolling and stretching in the evening.

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SBT GRVL: 3 Days Until the Race

SBT GRVL: 3 Days Until the Race

by Alison Powers

Triple national champion Alison Powers prepares for the premier Colorado event SBT GRVL, a 141-mile race with 100 miles on dirt/gravel roads.

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SBT GRVL: MTB Drills with 4 Days to Go

SBT GRVL: MTB Drills with 4 Days to Go

by Alison Powers

Triple national champion Alison Powers prepares for the premier Colorado event SBT GRVL, a 141-mile race with 100 miles on dirt/gravel roads.

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SBT GRVL: Dialing in the Final Details

SBT GRVL: Dialing in the Final Details

by Alison Powers

Triple national champion Alison Powers prepares for the premier Colorado event SBT GRVL, a 141-mile race with 100 miles on dirt/gravel roads.This close to a big event, it isn’t really about the bike or the training anymore. 

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SBT GRVL: To Rest is to Recover

SBT GRVL: To Rest is to Recover

by Alison Powers

Triple national champion Alison Powers prepares for the premier Colorado event SBT GRVL, a 141-mile race with 100 miles on dirt/gravel roads.

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SBT GRVL: A Week to Go

SBT GRVL: A Week to Go

by Alison Powers

Triple national champion Alison Powers prepares for the premier Colorado event SBT GRVL, a 141-mile race with 100 miles on dirt/gravel roads.

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SBT GRVL: Training Ride with the MTB Team

SBT GRVL: Training Ride with the MTB Team

by Alison Powers

Triple national champion Alison Powers prepares for the premier Colorado event SBT GRVL, a 141-mile race with 100 miles on dirt/gravel roads.

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SBT GRVL: 8th Rest Day in 3 Weeks of Training

SBT GRVL: 8th Rest Day in 3 Weeks of Training

by Alison Powers

Since I have started this SBT GRVL blog, I have had 7 recovery days. Today is my 8th. I want this to sink in— in the past almost 3 weeks, I have had 8 days off. 

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SBT GRVL: Training with 40/20's

SBT GRVL: Training with 40/20's

by Alison Powers

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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SBT GRVL: Getting Everything Dialed

SBT GRVL: Getting Everything Dialed

by Alison Powers

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. 

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SBT GRVL: The Dreaded 5x5's

SBT GRVL: The Dreaded 5x5's

by Alison Powers

Triple national champion Alison Powers prepares for the premier Colorado event SBT GRVL, a 141-mile race with 100 miles on dirt/gravel roads.

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SBT GRVL: A Rest day is a Rest Day!

SBT GRVL: A Rest day is a Rest Day!

by Alison Powers

There are days when a rest day and a day off are completely different things. Yesterday was a good example of just because you have the day off the bike (or away from training) doesn’t mean you had a rest day.

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SBT GRVL: A Day for Hill Attacks

SBT GRVL: A Day for Hill Attacks

by Alison Powers

Yesterday, I blogged about how much sitting I do. Today felt like the exact opposite. The day started with coaching a 2 hour private mountain bike skills lesson. I very much enjoy this type of hands-on coaching and she was a strong rider so we got some solid pedal time.

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SBT GRVL: Are the Legs Ready?

SBT GRVL: Are the Legs Ready?

by Alison Powers

I woke up in the middle of the night worried about what I was going to do for hot water (coffee) and bathroom while in Steamboat for the race. I plan to #vanlife it for the race- a quick in and out trip with one night spent in Steamboat. But that one night is important and that one morning (race morning) is most important. 

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SBT GRVL: Rest then Go Big

SBT GRVL: Rest then Go Big

by Alison Powers

The best 3 days on a road bike every 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.

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SBT GRVL: A Day of Pedaling

SBT GRVL: A Day of Pedaling

by Alison Powers

Triple national champion Alison Powers prepares for the premier Colorado event SBT GRVL, a 141-mile race with 100 miles on dirt/gravel roads.

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SBT GRVL: Aspen to Carbondale

SBT GRVL: Aspen to Carbondale

by Alison Powers

Day 2 of our annual tour of Colorado went from Aspen to Carbondale by way of Maroon Bells and Ashcroft; two amazingly beautiful climbs. I was support and van driver today (coaches Paddy, Brie, and I take turns driving the van and riding). Because we had 2 out and back climbs, I was able to squeeze in a little riding between van stops. I was tired today but felt surprisingly better than I thought I would after yesterday.

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SBT GRVL: Active Recovery

SBT GRVL: Active Recovery

by Alison Powers

Laying in bed with aching legs and low back does not make for good sleeping and sleep is the #1 most important tool for recovery.

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SBT GRVL: Ride at Other People's Pace

SBT GRVL: Ride at Other People's Pace

by Alison Powers

I have a small group of friends who are also “in training”. Among other races, both are racing SBTGRVL. Every couple of weeks we get together and ride. I very much like these rides as they let me pick the route (usually very hard), and they are mostly ok with my “no phaffing” philosophy (No B.S.- let’s ride and then get home to work and take care of dogs).

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SBT GRVL: Mental & Physical Rest Day

SBT GRVL: Mental & Physical Rest Day

by Alison Powers

 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. 

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SBT GRVL: Training On The Flats

SBT GRVL: Training On The Flats

by Alison Powers

Today's ride goal was 2 intervals to the Portal (the flattest road around here). The goal was steady/hardish riding. I wanted the second interval to be just as fast as or faster than the first interval. Each interval was ~28min and the second was far more uncomfortable than the first (a sign that this was good training for my body).

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SBT GRVL: A happy bike racer is a fast bike racer

SBT GRVL: A happy bike racer is a fast bike racer

by Alison Powers

While playing and having fun on bikes isn't necessarily the best for headspace and staying happy; which in my mind is more important than forcing a "training" ride or intervals. A happy bike racer is a fast bike racer.

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SBT GRVL: Some MTB Training

SBT GRVL: Some MTB Training

by Alison Powers

A last-minute MTB skills clinic cancellation (I coach/teach a small group, private, big group skills clinics) meant I had a surprise free day. I was still jonesing to ride my MTB and after a rest day yesterday, I was feeling good and motivated to ride.

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SBT GRVL: 4 Weeks to Go!

SBT GRVL: 4 Weeks to Go!

by Alison Powers

I used to be a full-time professional athlete. So, in my opinion, my training thus far has been just "ok". To some, it would be quite good, but because I know what it's like to train 100% for an event, I know I have not done what should be done (I have yet to get a ride longer than 4.5 hours and have no plans to pre-ride the course).

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