by Alison Powers, ALP Cycles Coaching
In February ALP Coach, Alison Powers, announced that she had signed up for SBT GRVL, a 141-mile race with 100 miles on dirt/gravel roads in Steamboat, Colorado. With race day approaching, she’s been blogging every day leading up to the race. She blogs about the specifics of her training, her preparation, headspace, etc. All the things that lead up to race day that not everyone gets to see or understand.
8 days to go - Saturday, August 10th
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.
After a morning of admin and accounting for ALP Cycles, I joined NATO (Nederland Area Trails Organization) to help with the finishing touches of a new trail that they have built (mostly I supervised, ate wild raspberries, did some digging, and trash pickup).
Then I finally did a much needed rolling and stretch session (~45min). It felt really good and made me realize how tight I am (maybe that’s part of my back pain?). My goal is to be more diligent with rolling and stretching this next week.
I also checked out and followed along with the Leadville 100 to keep an eye on our ALP athletes who were racing and 2 of my competition who were racing. Having raced Leadville, I understand the demands of the race and the fitness required to finish in a fast time.
Today was a great rest and recovery day.
ABOUT ALISON POWERS
Now 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), two National Racing Calendar titles, and a 2nd place at the Leadville 100 mountain bike race (2013, 7:26hrs). Today she is the owner of ALP Cycles Coaching where she teaches road, cyclocross, and mountain bike clinics, and high performance race preparation and tactics. Alison is also team director for ALP Cycles Racing, a professional women's road and cyclocross team based in Boulder, Colorado.
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