August 06, 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. Now 2 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.
15 days to go - Saturday, August 3rd
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.
The day started with going to a Memorial service in Boulder with standing room only (I was late…). Then straight to Littleton for the Littleton Crit. ALP Cycles Racing was racing both the Cat 3/4/5 and the Pro 1/2 race later in the evening and I was the coach/director. I did get to pre-ride the course a bit (~30min total), but the combination of being in the sun, on my feet, standing, walking, and staying up late (didn’t get home until 10:30 pm), had me tired and my legs aching worse than had I had a bike ride today.
Even though today was a day off the bike and away from training, it was far from a rest day. It’s important for athletes to learn that a rest day is a rest day. The harder you rest on a day off the bike, the better your training will be after the rest day. Days like I had today, are neither a training day nor a rest day, they are kind of a lost day (but they do happen and we have to be ok with days like today).
On the coaching side of things, however, it was a great day. The team raced really well and each rider learned something and achieved a personal goal and a team goal. This kind of day, on a personal level, is really rewarding.
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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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