IMAGINE ALL THE...
There is no way to debate that your mentality has an effect on you performance. No matter how small or large it could be there is something to work on; more than that 1% or marginal gain you will get from buying Nike’s new shoe or that $500 Ceramic Speed derailleur cage. As you will hear from any sports psychologist, the mind is too often overlooked for its performance capabilities. Imagery has a lot of benefits, but just like aerobic capacity and FTP it requires training to develop.
GETTING STARTED IN AMERICAN BIKE RACING
You turn on your television and a news story pops up about the Tour de France. You get inspired and want emulate them and race the bike. Where do you start? How do you find races?
The best place to start is to ensure you are ready for the commitment: financially, physically, and emotionally. Before you do anything exercise related you should always get checked out by a doctor. There are rare instances where the prospective athlete has a hidden heart disorder or ailment that could be worsened through exercise. Play it safe. After you get the green light from the doctor you need to start spending some money.
A Guide to Post Workout Comments
“Post Activity Comments and Enter a new comment.” It is a section in every single TrainingPeaks workout. It is a highly underappreciated tool for the athlete and the coach. Most of the time both people are concerned about the numbers and the pretty graphs in the “analyze” section. Leaving the comments blank and just looking at the objective data only gives you 70% of the picture.
Racing with a national champ
Everybody loves a local weekday crit or “Worlds” ride. Knoxville is home to a 3 race Wednesday crit called Knoxie Crits. They are hosted in a park inside of the Zoo/parking lot. I missed the first 2 races due to forgetting shoes and annual training. Finally, I was in Knoxville for the last race of Knoxie Crits. The fact that Pro Road Nats was just in Knoxville meant that some guys hung back like Brad Huff (Rally Pro Cycling), the current US Professional Criterium National Champion. In addition to Huff, Jake Sitler a CCB-Velotooler rider also hung back. On top of those two powerhouses; Knoxville is home to the Crit Life team, a first year Criterium focused team that has dominated the US scene so far.
Lost Confidence with Lost Race Time
Two weekends ago I got back to racing after a month of on and off again training. This last month’s life events took precedence over training. It all began with the cruise, then a long weekend where I did get to train, finally my annual training for the Guard. I brought my bike to the training but knew that it was going to be tough to find time AND energy to complete anything. My goals going into the two weeks were really just to maintain fitness. Sadly, that didn’t happen.
LONG TIME NO SPEAK - WHERE HAVE I BEEN?
It has been a long time, over a month I think, from the last time I posted. I can tell you that I did not post because of a lack of adventure. The time since I last posted has seen me travel to multiple states and a foreign country. After my podium finish at the TN state Crit championships I decided to take some time off. I was planning on taking off one week to recoup and refocus. Click "Read More" to see what I have been up to during the past month.
GUEST BLOG POST - MATT BACH IRONMAN CHAMPION
Matt is a storied Age Group Athlete that has a long list of victories, including Ironman Maryland. He has the experience of balancing a normal work life and setting sights on a World Championship title. Along the way though Matt started to notice signs that were not normal to endurance training. Matt couldn't shake the constant fatigue, and he struggled to find any enjoyment in racing or training. Matt, similar to me, suffered from chronic overtraining which lead to some severe low testosterone. Matt dives into his experience and his new found knowledge about low testosterone in this guest blog.