College Visits to Tucson High and TCC

Hey high schoolers, are you interested in checking out these universities and colleges? They are coming soon- mark your calendars!

The dates in black are open to all Tucson High students. Sign up in the College & Career Center in T146 ASAP!

The blue date is for all high school students!

Weds. August 27 @9:45 am - Grand Canyon University (T146)

Fri. August 29 @11:30 am - AZ Earn to Learn Presentation (T146)

Fri. August 29 @12:45 pm - University of California Personal Statement Webinar (T146)

Weds. September 10 @10 am - New York University (NYU) (T146)

Weds. September 10 @1 pm - AZ College Fall Tour (Tech Building Lobby)

Fri. September 19 @8:30 am - University of Redlands (T146)

Tues. September 23 @6 pm - THMS College Info. Night (THMS Cafeteria)

Thurs. September 25 @11:30 am - University of Puget Sound (T146)

Thurs. September 25 @12:30 pm - Grand Canyon University (T146)

Tues. September 30 @8:30 am - St. Mary’s College of California (T146)

Tues. September 30 @6:30 pm - Tucson College Night (TCC)


Thanks Gillian Paine-Murrieta for this info!

The Next Two Weeks

We now have just three weeks left until the racing begins. Your consistency is ever important now, just as much as the hard work.


I will be gone on vacation starting the 23rd of August (this Saturday) and will be returning on the 7th of September (Sunday).


A great coaching staff has been assembled to take care of all practices.


Please, riders be respectful and kind and work hard. Be even nicer to them, than you are to me.


Training Plan


Weekend of August 23 and 24

This is the end of week 2 in our training block. That means I want a little more novel stress this week than over last weekend.

***All rides start and end at the Clubhouse now, breakfast will be at the clubhouse.***

Old Man Riders:

If you are winning it and consistently making it around, then this week I want you to attack more. Make the ride as hard as you can for yourself, then finish on top of A mountain.

If you are not making it around, then I want you to catch back on the ride at the bottom of Helmet peak, and then you have to do 2 A mountains.


Big Boy Riders:

Everyone comes up Helmet peak.


C Team Riders:

Colin and Julia will have a slightly longer and harder ride for you this week.


Sunday 24th Mountain bike day

6am start everyone from Clubhouse

A Team—Longer ride at least 3 hours.


B Team—3 hours as well

C Team – Solid 2+ hours at least


Week of August the 25th


After two weeks of VO2 max training we hopefully have seen a power bump and are now ready to move into some longer LT intervals. This should prepare us for the sustained efforts we will find in the mountain bike races and also for the time trials to come.

Every practice has great intent. The more you make, the better.


Tuesday – Aug 26th

A Team—Trails End. 3-4 times. Go straight there up 3-4 times and down. At LT of course. I want 3x 8 min LT efforts with 4-5 min rest in between.  Get out on time. This practice will be close to going over time.


B/C Team—Same efforts 3×8  min. However we are going to use the river path. The east side of the Santa Cruz path. Start the effort just north of Grant. Go out for 8 min. Continue north for 4, then turn around and do the second effort, continue south then turn again and head north for the 3rd effort. Upon completion head south again back into town. Be mindful and careful on the path, but since ridership on that side is so low I think it will be just fine.


Wednesday – Aug 27th

A Team—Mission Road. 3x 10 min LT’s. The first one go out towards the bridge, but when you go to recover do so heading back into town. So turn around. Then turn around again to start the second one. So you will be heading south bound for number 2. Then again turn around for the recovery. Then again turn around and do the third one heading south bound. Once done, watch the clock and if you have time to roll more, do so.


B/C Team—Santa Cruz River Path. 3x 10 LT intervals. See Tuesday practice for ideas.


Thursday— Aug 28th

Hole Shot practice. 5 hole shots. Then 2 15 min. races. Full GAS.


Saturday Aug. 30th


Old Man Riders.

Really get after it this week. You all have three weeks of good training in you and you should be feeling strong but tired. You have real strength now, so have fun attacking. Once at Helmet peak turn around and go hook up with the big boys. I want you all to ride up Helmet with them and back into town. You are ready for this.


If you do not make it around then you must still ride the whole course. Coaches please know who is sweep before the ride starts.


Big Boy

Up Helmet, find the Old Man Riders, then finish on A mountain.


C Team

Put in a great long steady, hard ride. See if you can’t get them to attack each other.


Sunday – Aug 31st


ALL teams. Mountain bike. 3 hours. Choose your own adventure.



Week of September 1st.

After three hard weeks we need to rest. Without rest your body cannot recover and rebuild. You must honor this week. However the only reason that this week can work is if you have put in the proper work beforehand. Do the little things this week. Get to bed early. Get caught up on all your homework. The little things add up.


Tuesday September 2nd.

MTB skills at the park. ***No Spandies.*** (a.k.a. street clothes)


Wednesday – Sept 3rd

Loop Recovery. 3:45 start timers use the whole time. So ride extra. Nothing over 130 heart rate.


Thursday – Sept 4th

MTB hole shot practice. With 1 ten minute race. This will help open us up for the weekend.


Saturday – Sept 6th

After this rest week, which followed three weeks of hard training we should be really ready to put in a great shoot out. This is the week that many should see their personal records broken. Get very excited for this one. You will feel great, so capitalize on it.


Old Man Riders

Those of you who are getting over the bridge consistently but not all the way, this is your week. Today you make it around. Believe in this and it will happen. Encourage each other to do it. Believe in each other.

If you make it every time, if I was in town, we would be trying the big boy on a week like this. However since I am not around, go and win it. Win it big. Go for breaks. Crush it.


Big Boy

Go Big. Win everything. Be in every break. Crush

C Team.

Have a fun ride that ends on A mountain. Get everyone’s time if you can. This will be a great bench mark for us.


Sunday – Sept 7th

MTB Fun Day. 2 hours choose your own adventure.


I will return for practice on the 9th of September.

Have fun, be nice, and look out for one another.

Week of August 18th


4 weeks away now from our first races of the fall. The time to work hard is now, do not wait.


This week we are again trying get a bump in fitness, so that when we do our longer intervals we are working at a higher capacity.


Consistency is the key to gaining fitness and having fun in competition.


Training Plan:


Tuesday:  5x 3 min VO2 max intervals


Wednesday: 3:45 and 4:30 start times.

More VO2 max intervals. 8×2 min


Thursday: Races at the MTB short track


Saturday: 5:45am Old Man

6am Big Boy

6:15am C team ride


Sunday: 6am start. MTB fun

Please you must finish registering for the MTB league this week.


You also must send in your scholarship application this week.


Ask if you need help, yes this is MANDATORY


Please bring in your High School Jersey from last year as well. We must order new ones this week and we need to know what we need.


Control the controllables, get to bed on time, do your homework now, and don’t miss practice.


August 17th

Boy do I hate canceling practice.   Good news though:  There are two ride options for this afternoon.   A Team and wannabe A Teamers: Keenan is leading a ride at Starr Pass. Meet and leave the clubhouse at 3pm. There will be no adult on this ride. Just senior riders please. If you want… Read more »

Europe update – final reflections

After the Geel Kermesse where we went 1-2-3, I entered into my third and final week in Europe, at least for a while.  By then, I had fallen into the rhythm of daily life at Fitland, and it felt like home.  Going over to Europe, I was expecting a dose of homesickness, but I was… Read more »

Lookin ahead to the High School League

Thank you everyone for the enjoyable evening. I very much enjoyed myself, and it seemed like everyone else did as well.   We are five weeks out from the first race. It is go time in terms of hard training. If you want to be fast at the races. Be consistent now. Come now. Work… Read more »

Team Party & Meeting on Sunday!

We hope to see you all at our Team Party & Meeting.  Here are details:  Date/Time: Sunday, August 10th from 4pm-7pm Location: The Helmke’s house (4370 N Camino Yermo -  East on River from Craycroft, north on N Calle Vista Ciudad until it turns into Avenida Arriba and then right on Camino Yermo) If you are having trouble,… Read more »

Back to school back to Training

September 14th we want to be fast again. Lets remember that date as we prepare. For some us that is for the HSMTB race and for some us that is the Time Trial Championships.   This week is going to be a skills week. Since this is our first week of after school practice I… Read more »

Europe update 2

I have been in Europe for two weeks now, and I have one week left. On one hand I really don’t want to go home because of school (and i’m racing my bike in Europe which isn’t too bad), but on the other hand, I miss everyone. I’ll make this last week count. On Tuesday,… Read more »