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After Nationals

Nationals a Toolbox of Goodies

I had a young man race Master Road Nationals a few weeks ago and he did not perform as well as he would have like to.  We have all been there before. Temperatures were hot.  Competitors were fast.  The course was much steeper than he had anticipated.  So, he didn’t do as well as he would have liked […]

What are you thinking

What Are You Thinking?

A cyclist rolls up to the start line. The racer looks at the other competitors and starts thinking, “These folks are much better than I am” or “I am not good enough to race with these competitors”. Jens Voigt may say, “Shut up legs,” but this racer needs to say “Shut up head and stop […]

jumping off the front

Confidence – Lose to Learn

When I was coaching at the track I had two favorite stories I would tell the juniors. I don’t know if they actually got it, but both stories are about building your confidence and learning what you can do in a race. Red Booties Back in my newbie days of being a racer parent we […]

Supplements

When I organized the Talent ID Camps for USAC I always included a USDA portion to inform athletes of the dangers of taking supplements or drugs. At National events and at some state events, USDA will be present and they will test. On Facebook, I found this letter from one of the athletes that attended […]

Cyclocross

When the summer months wind down and fall approaches, my clients start getting excited about the cross season. If I notice that a client, at the end of the season, is getting a bit bored with their cycling training, I start to introduce cyclocross training. It mixes up the training and brings new life into their workouts. Cyclocross racing started […]

Podium Tip – Rollers

I have been reading articles from the UK regarding training. Interested tidbit – rollers are better for you to train on during the winter months vs. a trainer. It makes sense, you would be engaging your core, working on your balance, working on your spin, your grip on the handlebars, your confidence plus good for […]

A Junior Exploring Racing

I was sent an email asking “I have a junior that races BMX and would like to explore racing road, criterium and cyclocross.  How do we get started?”  I have just returned from USAC Junior / Elite Track Nationals so my opinion on what you should do has a lot with what I saw at Nationals […]

Who Thinks He Can

If you think you are beaten, you are, If you think you dare not, you don’t If you like to win, but you think you can’t, It is almost certain you won’t. If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost For out of the world we find, Success begins with a person’s will– It’s all in […]

SELF-DOUBT

“I have self-doubt. I have insecurity. I have fear of failure. I have nights when I show up at the arena and I’m like, ‘My back hurts, my feet hurt, my knees hurt. I don’t have it. I just want to chill.’ We all have self-doubt. You don’t deny it, but you also don’t capitulate […]

What’s Next for Young Trackies

During the summer, the Alkek Velodrome offered a free program for kids to learn to ride or race the track.   After the first session, I was at the Velodrome training and racing with my kids and husband every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and some Saturday’s for the next 9 years. My kids are now grown, married […]