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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...
May 23, 2013
If you’ve finished your first race of the season and your results were less than expected, perhaps you’re training too much? It is common for endurance athletes (triathletes, mountain bikers, cyclists and runners) to have a very high work ethic. A great work ethic is a good trait, but it must be tempered. Take a look at your training plan to see if training volume and intensity over the course of several weeks looks like a rolling course profile. There should be climbs and descents, or peaks and valleys. Resist the temptation to follow an ever-increasing volume and intensity program...
May 20, 2013
A cyclist hired me to review his training plan. What I saw in his plan were several common errors made by many self-coached cyclists. (Triathletes and mountain bikers make the same errors.) Perhaps my advice to him can help you too. 1. Change intensity. Often, self-coached athletes make the mistake of doing every workout at a mono-speed (really intensity) that is not fast and not slow. New athletes get lured into this trap because at the beginning of developing fitness, mono-speed doesn’t appear to hamper performance improvement. This is primarily because new endurance athletes have no fitness so as long...