In February ALP Coach, Alison Powers, announced 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.

5 days to go- Tuesday August 13th

This close to a big event, it isn’t really about the bike or the training anymore. It’s about the preparation. Dialing in the final details that can make or break your race.

The last time I did a big event race (Leadville 2014), I made a series of preparation mistakes that eventually lead to a DNF. This is despite being well supported and having a good team behind me. So, for Steamboat, I want to be very prepared and having thought through everything.

It was time to get all my thoughts, lists, ideas, to-do’s, etc., on paper and start preparing. I need to get the van ready for #vanlife, food bought for #vanlifing and racing, make some sort of schedule to keep me on task so I don’t end up stressed on Friday, etc. It felt good to start this preparation and start to feel excited about the race as opposed to stressed or frazzled. I also got an updated start list so I could dial in on who my competition is (it’s very strong! MTB’ers, Roadies, Triathletes, Gravel, and CX racers).

For training, I woke up feeling a lot better today (yay!). I had a 90min private Time Trial lesson with a nice woman and it was perfect. Some easy riding, some fast riding (in her draft), and low stress. Before meeting her, I did 20min of dynamic stretching, Foundation Training, core, etc. I definitely could have done more today, but, like I mentioned yesterday, just because you can ride harder/longer, doesn’t mean you should. Then I left my bike at Tin Shed Sports to have the final touches put on. This pretty much means give it to my friend and former team mechanic Erik, to make sure it is race ready. The front brake was rubbing, so I’m glad it’s in good hands to get it dialed.

Rolling and stretching in the evening ended a very nice day.