Tour of the Gila Logistics

Gila riders- sorry for the late post here.

Cat 3 Men and up (Izaac, Myles, Rogan, Sotelo, Quinn, Dillon, Overson):

Arrive at clubhouse at 2:30PM Tuesday afternoon, leave clubhouse at 3PM sharp. This gives us just enough time to spin the TT course return section on our way into town, and get in early enough for a good night of sleep before racing.

@Ethan Overson: we’ll pick you up from the Houghton exit on i-10 on our way out of town. Dillon, we can pick you up there too. Be ready by 3:15 so we can make this a super quick pick up.

All Women, and Cat 4 men (Izzie, Kaileen, Ana, Madison, Beviers, Ben, Oliver):

Arrive at clubhouse at 2:30PM Wednesday afternoon, leave clubhouse at 3PM sharp. Same deal as the Tuesday people.

Packing: 

I’m not going to spell out what to bring. You all know what you need. Make sure you have a warm jacket because nights and mornings can be cold in Silver City. Start lines can be quite cold, so you might want arm warmers or a vest. Worth bringing just to have the option. Also make sure you have BOTH your shoes (Oliver!!), your helmet, and your newest kit. You will wear your newest kit everyday of the stage race (Izzie!!). I don’t care how you do it- sink wash the chammy or just quintuple dip. I don’t really care. You will wear that beautiful yellow and blue everyday (except maybe the TT). As always, fit it all in ONE (1) BAG. Tidy and throw up free.

All Whiskey Returnees: Congrats on the weekend. You guys rocked it. Enjoy some rest and well deserved time off, there’s no organized practice this week for you .

Non Whiskey Weekend

My Gila racing compadres. We’ve got some riding to do this weekend to get ready to race.

Saturday: 

Shootout to sprint hill. Old man at 6:15, Big boy at 6:30. Ben and I will both be on the 6:30 start, so we’ll meet the old maners at the top of Sprint Hill and we can all ride back in together. Or you guys can start riding back and we’ll catch you. Up to you.

Since we’re not going all the way around, ride hard to the sprint. Race smart and aggressively, and don’t be afraid to push yourself. Your body needs the intensity.

Sunday: 

Leaving the clubhouse at 6:30, we’ll be back at about 9AM. 2.5 hour ride.

College Fair:

There is a college fair at the Gregory School on Saturday. It’s open to both parents and students. If you’re interested in going, the link to more info is here

 

Last Week of Prep!

This is it. All the “work” is done. The only thing left to do now is get ready to test yourselves and reap the rewards of the work you’ve put in. At this point, there’s no more fitness to gain. Where base season might be the “dreamers” phase of the season, this is the realists phase. This is what it comes down to. You either did the work and you’re strong enough to accomplish something you’re proud of, or you didn’t do the work and you’ll suffer brutal defeat. Regardless, you need to take care of yourselves over this next week in order to get the most out of yourselves at Whiskey and Gila.

All the little things matter. It’s hard to imagine, but being hydrated today will help your performance on Saturday. Getting plenty of sleep this week will result in being more rested, more resilient, more powerful next week. The little things all add up into bigger things, and bigger things are how you achieve your goals. So take care of yourselves. Please. It’s the least you can do for yourselves after all the work you’ve done this season.

Tuesday:

Recovery ride. If you are racing Gila, you will be riding your TT set up. Super chill ride to make sure your position, etc, is dialed. If you are racing Whiskey, you will be on your MTB. Same deal, just cruising around and making sure that your bike is 100%. If you are racing both races, you will be on your TT set up for Gila (Max, Sam, Ben, Oliver, Kaileen, etc)

Wednesday: 

Whiskey Riders: OFF! Take the day to catch up on homework, sleep, etc. Gila Riders: Road bikes. If you are racing both races, you are off.

Thursday: 

Openers on your MTB for Whiskey riders, openers on your road bike for Gila riders. If you are racing both races, you will be on your MTB.

Weekend:

Whiskey Riders: Look out for another blog post about Whiskey departure logistics!

Gila Only: Look out for the weekend training plan. Ben and I will both be around.

Shout Out to Susie! Susie is coming back this week! Yay! Welcome back! Chuck Barclay, get ready to take Susie out on some sweet rides.

Video of the week is Amstel Gold 2019. How could it not be? MVDP races to a surreal finish. Some background for those who don’t know: Mathieu van der Poel is a Dutch cyclist who was dominant in ‘cross. He switched to road racing. He’s now proving himself to be an absolute legend. This video is only the last kilometer, but he does a ton of work over the course of the race, and sits on the front of the chase group for most of the last 10km. It’s a pretty remarkable example of mental fortitude and the will to win. It’s also a great reminder that the race isn’t over until you reach the finish line. This particular video is set to some Titanic music for presumably inspirational purposes. Get inspired 🙂

 

 

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TBC Logistics

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