If you are starting off the new year in 2020 with a resolution to get and stay fit, accomplish some bucket list rides or events, you may have been considering whether you need to hire a cycling coach. Like so many things in life, the short answer is, it depends.
Some of the Reasons for Having a Cycling Coach
Improving performance on the bike
Learning ways to stimulate a stale training regimen with variety and challenge
Honing bike handling...
The Challenge of Training and Juggling Life, Work, Family
Most of us can't spend hours in the gym and on the bike training to get fit. For those who work full time, trying to juggle a job, family obligations, and the mundane minutiae of life, getting and staying fit is a challenge.
I'm a high school English teacher and my days in the education trenches can be 10+ hours long. Planning and delivering lessons, tutoring "after" school, skipping lunch to help struggling student...Read More
It has been awhile since I have written here. It is time to start blogging again.
Let me bring you up to date.
In 2018, I raced the Goldstate Mountain Bike Series, promoted by Team Big Bear. I won every event that season and was the Cat 3, Age 60-64 series champion. Unlike 2017, I managed to keep from getting burned out on all the travel, training and dieting to stay fit and be competitive.
In 2019, I stayed closer to home and raced ...Read More
Something has inspired you to join the great sport of cycling. Whatever triggered the desire to start riding bicycles, you are not alone. The sport of cycling is growing and there are new cyclists joining the ranks of cycling everywhere. Cycling's growth is due to the technology and variety of options available to the new cyclist. There are road bikes, comfort bikes, hybrids, mountain bikes, recumbents, fat bikes, e-bikes and more.
Before we talk about bikes, let's think about you and you...Read More
2 April 2017 - Kenda Cup West #2 – Fontana City National
It happened again. I arrived at the race course in Fontana and had another of those nightmarish reconnaissance rides that made me question why I had signed up for this event. The course was mostly singletrack and featured a lot of fairly steep but none-too-technical climbing, followed by very several technical descents. Most of the climbs were reasona...Read More
I was thankful that the start time for the second stage of the Tucson Bicycle Classic would be 7am; racing for 42 miles in the current heat wave would not have been a good time. In an effort to cut the expense of racing this year, I had booked a stay at a cheap hotel near the University of Arizona. The place was convenient to the freeways and therefore, the various stages of the event, but it came at a cost; the traffic noise was pretty high and the internet was n...Read More
March has the best weather in Arizona. But not this year. If two weeks of 90+ degree weather is any portent of this coming summer, this could be a brutal 7 months till things cool off again in October. Preheating the Arizona oven this early in the year seemed a cruel greeting to my first-ever stage race.
The prologue time trial of the Tucson Bicycle Classic was held on a Friday, right in the middle of this way too early wave...Read More
All of the road races - the omniums, the time trial, and the stage race - that I have entered this first year of road racing have produced Tech Guides that give details about the race(s). In the case of the Tucson Bicycle Classic, the "Tech Guide/Race Bible," as they termed it, was 22 pages long. It listed the location of each of the 3 days of races, where to sign in, where to park, start times for each category, as well as a course map and course profile. The maps had important details like ske...Read More
Southern Arizona Omnium March 10-12, 2017
Another omnium in and around Tucson this weekend. Friday was the criterium and today we had a time trial. Biggest difference between my previous unfortunate road racing experience – besides no broken chain – is that it’s March and despite the fact that March usually has some of the desert Southwest’s loveliest weather, the past two days have seen the mercury rise to 90+ degrees. The...Read More
6 March 2017
As part of getting Level 2 Coach certification from USA Cycling, I read a fair amount on sport psychology. Self-talk – those messages that circulate round our heads before, during and after we ride has been on my mind a lot lately. Those negative, “neutral” and positive memos we send ourselves that work to motivate, and perhaps de-motivate us too. Three days ago, I went for a hard training ride in east Mesa, a p...Read More