Welcome Back

Welcome back everyone. I am certainly excited for the new school year and the season to come.

 

I want to thank everyone for making the summer so special, from Bike Camp to Nationals to Durango. We had riders all over the United States and I am super thankful for everyone’s support and help.

 

Heading into this fall semester I want to be very intentional about the lessons we impart.

 

I often have these talk before practice but I think that sharing here and involving parents and community members will be helpful.

 

This first month of school and for our training plan I want us all to focus on CONSISTENCY.

 

Consistency in every facet of our lives so that we can create healthy structures that allow us to be successful.

 

Consistency in our sleep patterns.

 

Consistency in our healthy eating habits. Practice being good to your body.

 

Consistency in how we speak about our selves. Being good to ourselves is often something we need to practice.

 

Consistency in how we care for our friends and family. We want to treat others how we want to be treated.

 

Consistency in how we approach school and get our school work done. Make a plan so that you can keep up so that you can stay on top of your school work.

 

Consistency in the days of the week that you show up to practice and how you train.

 

Creating consistency will allow you to create expectations that you can meet and thus gain energy from. When you have plans and can meet objectives you will find confidence and accomplishment.

 

All month lets think about consistency and creating mechanisms for success.

 

TRAINING PLAN

 

All month the plan is built around consistent endurance rides. We are going to tackle this season the same as last year so that we can be our best at the last race of the season. However if we are consistent with our training this month then we will be ready for the first race of the season.

 

I want everyone to have great attendance this month and that is how we will build our fitness for the races.

 

Everyone please ensure that you have signed up for the ACA races by this evening if you want your name on your number plate. You can still sign up after today, however your number plate just won’t have your name on it.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: ALL RIDERS PLEASE HAVE A REAR LIGHT ON YOUR BIKE AT ALL TIMES WHEN ON THE ROAD DURING PRACTICE THIS SEASON. SO HAVE REAR LIGHTS ON YOUR BIKE AT EVERY RIDE.

 

SOON ENOUGH, LIKE SOON, WE WILL GET QUALITY FRONT LIGHTS AS WELL.

 

THIS IS A NEW AND IMPORTANT SAFETY INITIATIVE SO THAT DRIVERS SEE US BETTER.

 

Tuesday — MTB Endurance pace

 

Wednesday– 2:30 Gravel Bike ride to ensure they are ready for Steamboat

4:30 Road Ride endurance

 

Thursday– MTB Endurance Pace

 

Saturday– 5:45 Old Man Shoot Out

6 am B team Road ride. Approx. 3hrs

 

 

 

 

Week of August 1st

Holy Smokes Durango was fun.

 

I want to thank everyone, riders and coaches, for making the trip so memorable and wonderful. We certainly learned and experienced a lot together and really became a team. Its trips like these and the shared experiences that really bring us together and I thank everyone who joined.

 

Now looking ahead to this fall semester we have the High/Middle School Mountain bike race league to get excited about.

 

All information for the league can be found here: https://arizonacycling.org/

 

The first race of the season is on September 11th in Flagstaff, Arizona at Ft Tuthill Park.

 

That means it is 6 weeks away and I want to help everyone be as ready as they hope to be for these races.

 

In these next six weeks I really want everyone to focus on consistency at practice. I want everyone to focus on creating a schedule that they will be able to keep for the semester and something they can really commit to.

 

This week we are going to start slow to allow everyone time to decompress from Durango and to get ready for school.

 

TRAINING PLAN

 

Tuesday– NO Practice get things ready for school

 

Wednesday– 7-9 am Road Bike ride endurance pace

 

Thursday– NO Practice

 

Saturday– Road Rides

5:45 Old Man

6 am Big Boy

6 am B Team ride

 

Sunday– NO Practice

2 Weeks Until Durango

That’s right two weeks until Durango Mountain Bike Camp.

 

I hope that bring everyone joy and excitement and a bit of trepidation.

 

When we are wonderfully scared about something it can help us rise up. It can help us be aware of all the details and it can help be our best selves.

 

I wanted to end the summer with this camp so that we all had a great experience together before school starts. I hope that this camp helps bring us together as a team and helps us create those bonds that create real friendships. I want everyone to have the best time.

 

Training Plan the Next Two Weeks

 

These next two weeks will be all about getting back on the bike and starting to build endurance and confidence. All of the rides are going to be at endurance pace and really focusing on finding flow on the mountain bike. My hope is that we can make appropriate groups so that there is very little stopping and regrouping, I really want everyone to just get to ride. So please come prepared for that.

 

I am hoping that everyone can get some really good time on the bikes these next two weeks so that the Camp is just the cherry on top of fitness and endurance.

 

That is a polite way for coach to say that he wants you at practice as much as you are able to make it.

 

All times noted below are departure times, so arrival is earlier.

 

Tuesday July 12th– 6am MTB

Coaches– Joel, Curt and Mark

 

Thursday July 14th– 6am MTB

Coaches– Joel, Curt and Mark

 

Saturday July 16th– 6am Road Bike

Steve, Curt, Chuck, Mark and Ken

 

Tuesday July 19th– 6am MTB

Coaches– Joel, Curt and Jody

 

Thursday July 21st– 6am MTB

Curt and Jody

 

Saturday July 23rd– 6am Road Ride

Steve, Curt, Chuck and Ken

Please bring all your Durango gear to practice on this day so that after the ride you can pack up.

 

Remember we pack up for Durango on the 23rd and then we leave on the 24th.

 

I will be out of town in Quebec, Canada as I help lead the USA Junior National Team at the Nations Cup Race.

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