In February ALP Coach, Alison Powers, disclosed that she had signed up for a bike race-Steamboat Gravel (SBT GRVL), a 141 mile race with 100 miles on dirt/gravel roads. Now, 3 weeks out from race day, she thought it would be fun and interesting to blog every day leading up to the race. She’ll blog about the specifics of her training, her preparation, head space, etc. All the things that lead up to race day that not everyone gets to see or understand.

23 days to go- Saturday July 27th

I needed another rest day for 4 reasons-

1- I wanted one (no desire to ride)

2- I was still tired (from the Lickskillet ride)

3- I knew what was coming (ALP tour of Colorado)

4- I had to finish up details for the Tour (organizing 3 days of riding for 24 people).

22 days to go- Sunday July 28th

Day 1 of ALP Cycles Coaching tour of Colorado. The best 3 days on a road bike every year. This year, I was a bit selfish and scheduled the Tour exactly 3 weeks out from Steamboat. Three weeks out from an event is a perfect time to do a big training block. We have several riders on the Tour who are racing Steamboat and Leadville, so the timing is perfect (3 weeks and 2 weeks out).

Today was big and a it was great training and preparation for Steamboat; 97 miles and 7,400ft of climbing. We rode from Avon to Aspen. The goal of today was to go hard, see what we were made of and how much we could handle. I got cooked. The first climb started a bit fast and I knew it was more than 1- I could sustain for 75 more miles and 2- the others could also sustain. But that’s why we are here, to see how much we could handle before exploding (i.e. to learn pacing and patience for a long event).

In addition to taking care of the Tour riders, I fit in the usual Foundation training, mobility, BCAA’s, and pre load. 4 hours later I was questioning doing Foundation before a ride. While it does activate my “posterior chain” I started to wonder if it also pre fatigued it. My back was dying today. My legs were also hurting but my back was very sore/tired and ended up being my limiter. This is discouraging, but all I can do is keep working and doing my best to get it ready to handle 8+hrs on the bike on dirt roads.

Hydration was good. Nutrition was good. Pacing was too fast to start. Head space was good.

Brie taking care of us

Brie taking care of us

Today was the most tired I’ve been on a bike in a long time. Soaking in the river in Aspen with my Sister and John was amazing.

No stretching and rolling this evening- I could use it, but time is the limiter and I’d rather go to bed.

PS- Everyone made it to Aspen safely and had giant smiles while telling their ride stories over happy hour. It was a great day!