Week of August 12

Team, I hope everybody enjoyed a little bit of time off the bike last week. I hope that starting school is going smoothly and you’re getting settled back into that routine. If you’re having any trouble at all, please remember that we have an academic space available for you! You can do homework at the clubhouse! We can even set you up with a volunteer tutor if you would benefit from such a service.

This week we are back to our regular program!

Throughout the semester, either Ben or I will be at the clubhouse to unlock it by 3:30 on Tuesday/Thursday, and by 3:15 on Wednesday. We’d like to go home at 7, so please try to pick up by then.

Please note that we might be back from riding earlier than 6:30. We’re making a concerted effort to focus on stretching and core work. We’ll be done by 6:30. The stuff off the bike is just as important as training on the bike.

We’re going to spend a little bit of time on road bikes this week because they’re awesome. And also because it’s easier to really control and focus your efforts on the road.

Tuesday: 4:30-6:30PM. ROAD BIKES!

Wednesday: 3:45 or 4:30 start, pick up at 6:30PM. ROAD BIKES!

Thursday: 4:30-6:30PM. MTB!

Volunteers: Tuesday and Wednesday we definitely need help.

Weekend details to come, but short version is Saturday will feature shootouts as well as B/C team road rides. Sunday will be MTB. Sunday afternoon is the team wide rider/parent meeting, you should have received an email about it.

See y’all on Tuesday!

Week of August 5th

Team, thanks for an amazing trip to Durango. I hope you all had as much fun up there as I did. Every single one of you learned a ton, pushed yourselves hard, and improved both technical skills and fitness. This is the cornerstone of our fitness going into the NICA season. For those of you who didn’t make it to Durango this year, don’t worry. It’s ok. There’s still a month until the first race.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are OFF. The reasons for this are 1) you need some rest after Durango and 2) it’s the first week of school for many of you and you need to focus on getting back into that rhythm.

My recommendation is you stay on top of it right from the get go. Practice starts next week, races will start in just a few weeks, then the train leaves the station for a high speed shot straight through the semester. If you don’t buckle up now by being productive and proactive, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

This weekend:

Saturday: Off for non shootouters. As with other times over the summer, if you normally do the shootout (old man or big boy), please do it. If you usually ride the B/C team rides, you have off.

Sunday: MTB Endurance Ride. Meet 6, leave 6:30, back and ready for pick up by 9:30. It is HOT! Don’t go all racerlyfe on me! Bring lots of water! #camelbacksr4winnerz

Volunteer Coaches: I WILL NEED HELP ON SUNDAY! Ben can’t make it, so I’m solo. I’d love to have 4-5 volunteers, with 2-3 prepared to lead their own group.

Durango pick up

Hey Parents- we’re on the return drive from Durango.

Just got gas in Phoenix.

We should be back around 6:15, ready for pick up by 6:30

Thanks.

Durango Departure

Remembers: Clubhouse will open at 7AM. You need to be there by 7:30. We leave at 8AM. Pack a lunch! There will be snacks (chips, bananas, oranges), but you’ll need a lunch. I did not think of this until I was reminded of it today. I’ll make it through on a couple few bananas but… Read more »

Weekend

We’ve had a couple of really fun rides this week. The weekend will hold a little more “work”, but it’ll still be fun. Saturday: Road bikes. Shootout- Meet 5:30, leave 5:45/6. If you do the big boy shootout, do the big boy shootout. If you comfortably make the old man, do the old man. B… Read more »

Practice Week of July 15

T minus two weeks till Durango. 8 weeks till the first NICA race. 12 days left to submit a T shirt design to me. Practice this week is about continuing to build base fitness as well as finding finesse on the MTB. Monday- OFF Tuesday- MTB. Meet 6AM, leave 6:30AM, back by 9AM. Wednesday- Short… Read more »

T Shirt Design Competition

We need new team t shirts. Shirts that you all care about and are proud to wear. I’m talkin about t shirts that’ll dolce your gabana. Shirts that make your hair looks like it’s blowing in a cool ocean breeze when it’s a humid 104 in Tucson. Shirts that say “I walk between a mama… Read more »

Practice Resumes!

Hope you all enjoyed your 2 weeks off. Practice starts again this week! I understand some of you may have finals this week- if so, those take precedent over riding bikes. It’s ok. This week we’re going to focus on learning really good form for our cross training exercises, as well as forming better habits… Read more »

Ride of Silence

Hey Grupo- late notice here but tonight is the national Ride of Silence. It’s a memorial ride for all those who have been injured or killed by cars while riding their bicycles. If you can make it, ROS is a powerful way to show the strength and support of the cycling community. When: 5 to… Read more »

Practice Week of May 6

We done did it y’all. Post Gila, Post Whiskey, each and every one of you made it through an amazing season of racing. Some of you completed the hardest spring race schedule in Grupo history! Incredible. This week is OFF OFF OFF. And next week? Also OFF OFF OFF, with maybe an optional skills ride… Read more »