Race # 2 This weekend

Here we go. Race #2 for the high school league is this weekend in Flagstaff.


We are going to marked riders out there this weekend. Everyone is gunning for us. We are on top and everyone wants to take us down. This is a hard position to be in.


We will be ready.

Control the controllables this week. The little things count and add up. ( Have you heard this before?)


Last week was a week 2. I wanted to apply some extra stress after the race knowing that we would have time to get primed for this weeks race. By Thursday many of you looked cooked so that is why I toned down this past weekend. I did not want you getting to today tired.


That is why I changed the Sunday practice for many of you. I am happy we did.


How we will get ready to race:


Tuesday: Recovery Ride. This is to prime us for intervals tomorrow. We need to move our legs on the bike to get blood to the exact working muscles. This will help us recover from last week and prepare us for a great week.


Wednesday: 3X 8 LT. This will help us get ready for a climbing heavy weekend. It will open us up, not cook us, and it will remind us of how to go fast.


Thursday: 1 ten minute race at Himmel Park. This is just enough to open us up and allows us to work on diving through turns and how to sprint.


Saturday: We leave for the races. While the rest of the team gets a great training weekend.


Sunday: Mandatory Tour of the White mountains epic ride.


Always thinking

That’s right. I am always thinking about this. Your training that is. I am always trying to create the best training plan possible so that everyone can achieve the goals that they have set forth.


I am making some changes to tomorrow and to next week upon the information I viewed from this past week.


Some of you need the time on the mountain, others of you need the time in the dirt.


Those of you that I want to ride mount Lemmon tomorrow:


Tyler, Daniel, Keenan, Ben, Leo


I believe that you boys have the skills in the dirt that are necessary to have a great race in Flagstaff. I want you guys to prime your engine for the race. You should do 2x 20 min intervals. You have spoken to me about what to do, so have fun with it. Leaving the clubhouse at 6:30am.


Cara, Kyle and Unai you have the choice of joining them tomorrow. Unai since you might do the hill climb I want you to get these climbing miles in, Cara and Kyle I believe you have the dirt skills but want to give you the option.


Those of you that I want to mountain bike with:


Ana, Colter, Chloe, Isabel, Collin, Newben, Sam, Leila, Genea, Cole, Avery


We will leave the clubhouse at 6:30am as well.


Next week this changes the plan a bit, but all of this is getting us ready to have another great weekend.


I will post next weeks plan tomorrow.





Practice Schedule week of September 16th

First, let’s take a second to acknowledge the achievements of this past weekend.


Pretty impressive, I would say.


Susie, Ana, Quinn and Nick all won state championships in the Individual time trial while Matthew Harris, Kajeme, Zayk, Unai, and Madison got on the podium. Well done to them all, and thank you to Shawn, Veronique and the other parents that went to help make the event so successful. Thank you all.


Then, of course, we had the first High School Mountain bike race. If you have not heard, it went incredibly well. We won 6 of the 8 over all races and took the over all win with Tucson High.


Winners and Podiums:

Freshman Girls: Chloe 1st

Freshman Boys: Cole 1st, Colter 2nd

Sophomore Boys: Kyle 3rd

Sophomore Girls: Isabel 1st

JV Girls: Cara 1st, Genea 5th

JV Boys: Leo 1st

Varsity Boys: Ben Duncan 1st , Tyler 5th


Of course, podiums and wins are fun, but not the whole story. Every youth on our team raced their hearts out with pride and should be very proud. It takes a whole team to have the success we did. Thank you to all the wonderful parents and supporters who came out to make this possible. You all make this team great.


This was only the first of 5 High School races so we have a lot of work left to do. We cannot get complacent or content. If we are going to succeed overall we need to stay VERY hungry.


Practice Schedule and intent

This is a week 2. Last week we built into our race and now we want to continue on a build trajectory. Next week we will taper into the race just a bit.


Tuesday: Endurance Road ride. We want to get out and move our legs, not tax them, not just recovery, but get blood to all levels.


Wednesday: 4 x 8 min LT. The next race is a climbers delight. We need to be ready to hang in the red zone. Last week we did 3 of these so we need to build.


Thursday: 3x 10 min MTB races at himmel park. Using the cross race course. Or maybe we use the Starr Pass course. Please post your preference.


Saturday: Shoot Outs or Morning rides. C team starts at 6:30am.

Big Boy 6:30am. You will do extra Helmet at least.

Old Man 6:15am. You will do Helmet with the big boys.


Also on Saturday: El Rio Health Fair outreach & work opportunity – we will need two shifts of 9:30am – 11:30am and 11:30am – 1:30pm. More on that later in the week. This will be standard fitting kids with helmets, leading them through an obstacle course, and fun with kids on bikes!


Also on Saturday: El Grupito Kick-off – 3pm at clubhouse – optional for some riders to join to help welcome some younger members to our new pilot program. More on that later in the week.


Sunday: 6:30am start

Options: Mt Lemmon on Road bikes with structured intervals


Reddington Road on Mountain bikes with Structured intervals.


Please post your preferences or I will decide.


There is so much left to race for and to work for. Yes enjoy your performances from last week but as soon as we start to pedal today, its start over time.

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