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Jul 18, 2017
(Click on image to enlarge.) Crash training is a term that I believe has cycling roots, though I can’t trace the origin. I prefer the phrase “big-block training,” but crash training is more common. Traditionally, a big-block training week is one that is high volume, relative to the athlete’s current training schedule. Training is some 50- to 100-percent above the athlete’s normal weekly volume. Often, cycling teams will have a spring training camp to focus on riding, team building exercises (formal and informal), distribute new kits and begin to plan strategy for the season. Cycling teams intend for this big-volume...
Mar 12, 2014
Q. I read your advise in 2012 on the Yahoo forum to get to Leadville around Wednesday before the Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race. I'm racing again this year and I have the opportunity to go to Colorado three weeks early. I currently live in Minnesota. I'm wondering if you can give me your thoughts. What is best? Should I stay at Copper Mountain for two weeks then move up to Leadville? Stay in Copper the whole time, etc. In 2012, I stayed in Keystone for 10 days and felt miserable the entire time. On race day I was seeing...
Mar 04, 2014
The first year I race the Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race, I managed to place last. Yes, that's right, the official last finisher. To be an official finisher, you must complete the race under 12 hours. My time was a comfortable 11:59:55 - I had an entire 5 seconds to spare! To commemorate that achievement, I was awarded the hind-quarter horse trophy - the Last Ass Award. I have one of only 20 of these trophies given over the last 20-years of racing. Should you want to score a Last Ass Award, I will share with you some of...
Sep 03, 2013
(A dirty girl face from a fun and dusty race.) I don’t often write about my own training and racing results. This is primarily because I find the most joy in my work when I help other people get faster or go farther. I’m the first to admit, I’m happy when I’m fast too. I ended the 2013 race season by defending my age group win at the Dakota Five-O Mountain Bike Race. I was in the top 20 women overall, and at 55 I was the oldest woman at the race. For those of you that think you’re too...
Aug 14, 2013