Not Quite Off Season (Part 2)

One week after returning from Europe I was in Colorado Springs to stay at the Olympic Training Center (OTC) for a two week long women’s team pursuit camp. I was super excited to be going to this camp. Team USA has been putting on a series of women’s team pursuit camps to begin their prep for Rio 2016. I missed out on the first camp because it conflicted with Cascade Stage Race. The second camp was going to conflict with my Europe trip so I was invited to come a few days early to get some one on one practice time in and then attend a few days of the second camp before heading off to Europe. This third camp was perfect for me, I could focus on the camp and not be worried about the training time I need to get in to maintain my road fitness. So what is a typical day at team pursuit camp?

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5:30am wake-up

5:45am eat some yogurt and cereal you snatched from the cafeteria the night before

5:55am walk over in the below freezing temperatures to the gym

6:00am start some warm-up and stretching drills

6:15am let boot camp begin (box jumps, burpees, push-ups and more… but don’t forget the 3 minute minimum plank-off at the end)

7:30am breakfast

9:00am sport psychology

10:00am ride to the track

10:15am ultrasound on quads and calves to check glycogen levels pre-workout

10:45am warm-up

11:00am track session

Sample session

20 minute warm-up

2x half lap team starts

3x 3k team pursuit efforts

1:00pm ultrasound on quads and calves to check glycogen levels post-workout

1:15pm ride back to the OTC

1:30pm lunch

3:30pm afternoon spin

6:30pm dinner

9:00pm get in bed to do it all again

Some times you wonder where did the day go. To be continued…

Not Quite Off Season (Part 1)

StateRR1My schedule has been anything but normal since I returned from Europe in late September. Rather than starting my off-season the minute I stepped off the plane like most of my teammates, I headed down to Fort Hood for the Texas State Road Race. It was great to come home and race and see all the friends that have watched me develop into the rider I am today. Some seemed surprised to see me make the trip to Fort Hood to race. But my response is, racing is racing, weather there are 10 people in your race or 100. When there are 10 you just have to play the game a little different!  And come on, when they put $1000 for the win of a hilly 100k road race and a prime at the top of one of the hills for $250, how could I be in town and not come race.

StateRR2It was an exciting race on many levels.  To win a race is difficult no matter what the level of competition and with the small fields, I like to think of it as starting the race already in the breakaway. With my short recovery time returning from Europe Wednesday evening to racing Saturday afternoon I was not feeling my best. Around 70k in I started to cramp. My original plan of attacking over and over in the last 20k until I was solo had to be set aside. Now I had to focus on getting to the finish line in a position to win. I was nervous coming into the finish knowing I was bringing two other strong women to line with me one I had raced many time, Mandy Heintz, and the other I was seeing for the first time, Meredith Bunkers. Like many of you know the worst thing about cramping is you never know when it will start or end again. For the last 20k I had focused on every pedal stroke trying to reduce the stress on the muscles that were cramping all while trying keep my competitors from realizing the pain I was in. As we came into the last mile of the race I was third wheel. It was right where I wanted to be. With about one kilometer to go Meredith began to pick up the pace and at about 500 meters, Meredith kicked again.  This was perfect; the pace was high and it was way too far for Meredith to hold it all the way. I dropped off of Mandy’s wheel a bit, and as soon as Meredith began to fade, I jumped. It was still 200m to go but I had timed my acceleration just right. There is no magic number of when to jump for the win, you just feel it.

Once I was done with the state road race I would have started my off-season but I had the incredible opportunity to head to Colorado Springs and spend two week at the Olympic Training Center and train at the Velodrome for the team pursuit. To be continued….

The Sweden Transfer

After Norway we headed to Vara, Sweden to spend a few days before the Sweden World Cup. We are just under 60k by bike to our next hotel so we are going to make this transfer by bike it’ll be nice to be on the bike instead of sitting in the car.

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We ran into some unexpected obstacles along the way. A couple dirt roads in the rain and one road closure because of flooding (it seems to always be raining here so no surprise) that forced to ride on the highway for about 7k.

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Safe and dry in our hotel now.