What an incredible weekend. There is so much to say and so many achievements, but most of all what I hope happens after we achieve and reach goals is that we have the courage to look forward to the next and to strive for the next step, or to find the next level of progression. Yes we need to rightfully smile and appreciate our achievements, but the next step is to have the courage to dream again.
Of course, I was at Valley and I could not be happier with how our team and youth preformed. I could highlight the great finishes, from Daniel winning the three’s crit with perfect teamwork from Keenan and Max, or Nicks 6th place in the time trial, or Madison’s 5th place in the crit or Isabels 7th in the road race, but it was the ability to turn around after frustrating performances to try again that I am most proud of.
I can tell this story for so many, but let me highlight two.
Chloe has struggled with time trials for a while. She has never been able to tap her great potential in them. This one was no different for her. She returned after her race in tears, frustrated. She took a long cool down and was ok afterwards and enjoyed her friends. The next day she could have wilted and quite and not tried. Did she? Heck no. She came back, trusted herself, and placed 7th in the 3’s field while racing professional women.
It’s ok to get frustrated, it means you want more, but you have to turn it into positive drive. Thanks for the lesson Chloe.
Tyler had this as well this weekend, wanting the road race so bad, the cards did not fall his way, so he decided to come back in the crit and get 4th.
Kyle had the same reaction to the road race. In tears after the race, he arrived not defeated, but motivated to show more and he did in the crit.
Isabel made the decision to be a bike racer as did Madison and I now have different young women to coach now forever. They learned things about themselves that can only be learned when you believe in your self to be great.
This all happened in three days. This team is now different in all the right ways.
Thank you. I hear that the 24 was no different, and we would love to hear stories from that, as well. Thank you to all the parents, coaches and volunteers who made that possible.
These are the reasons I coach.
In 4 weeks is TBC. Our next great goal. Its our home town stage race and I want us all super ready to have fun.
The training plan will be built to excel there, so every race from here to there will be built into the training plan as a training race.
This week ( Week 1 in build)
Tuesday– Everyone who raced must be present tomorrow to help put everything away from the weekends. If we are all around, then we can go on a one hour recovery ride after.
Wednesday– Endurance ride
Thursday– Endurance Ride.
We should be recovered by now, after Thursday. Nothing will be hard. I want to keep you moving, but nothing intense, I want us recovered for the weekend.
Saturday– Shoot Out with extra
Sunday– Colossal Cave road ride or Mountain bike ride. This is a special event with more information to come.
The plan is to build for the next three weeks, so we can then taper into TBC.
After TBC we then have a week to recover and then build to San Dimas.
Oh Boy, its race season.