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, less than 2 weeks out from race day, she’s been blogging every day leading up to the race. She blogs 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.

9 days to go- Friday August 9th

Since I have started this SBTGRVL blog, I have had 7 recovery days. Today is my 8th. I want this to sink in— in the past almost 3 weeks, I have had 8 days off. As I’ve described before, days off are not always rest days, but I want to demonstrate how important recovery is when training for an event (or just life in general). Without proper rest and recovery, the body cannot make the changes and adaptations needed to become better, faster, stronger. Tomorrow will be my 9th rest day and there will be more this week leading into the race.

The past 3 days of training where hard. 5min intervals followed by a hard 4hr ride with 6,666ft of climbing all above 7,000ft and then 40/20’s. 2 of the days were double days. I’m tired. Train hard, rest hard, repeat.

Today was a great day to get work done, get caught up, and relax a bit (no rolling or stretching or anything today). Then, off to Specialized Boulder to meet with a few riders from ALP Cycles Racing and 7 girls from Mile High 360. This was cool. Mile High 360 is a comprehensive, wrap-around services program designed to provide students from high-poverty communities with after-school, weekend and summer access to essential out-of-school resources in three core areas. Today’s summer activity was to ride bikes. Together, we did bike handling drills, laid down fat skids, and finished with a relay race (the Skittles team won. And yes, the girl in the above photo did eventually crash due to keeping her right foot down all the time…).

Riding with the Mile High 360 girls, and riders from ALP Cycles racing was a fun and rewarding way to give back to the community and help to grow bike riding.