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, 1 week 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.

8 days to go- Saturday August 10th

Not much to report on today. It was another rest day. As often seems the case, I was more tired today (2 days after the training block) than I was yesterday.

After a morning of admin and accounting for ALP Cycles, I joined NATO (Nederland Area Trails Organization) to help with the finishing touches of a new trail that they have built (mostly I supervised, ate wild raspberries, did some digging, and trash pickup).

Then I finally did a much needed rolling and stretch session (~45min). It felt really good and made me realize how tight I am (maybe that’s part of my back pain?). My goal is to be more diligent with rolling and stretching this next week.

I also checked out and followed along with the Leadville 100 to keep an eye on our ALP athletes who were racing and 2 of my competition who were racing. Having raced Leadville, I understand the demands of the race and the fitness required to finish in a fast time.

Today was a great rest and recovery day.