Coach's Corner

  • Tales from Track Center Montage

    Tales from Track Center Montage

    Of all these stories, experiences, and lessons, I developed “race craft” as a skill. By this I mean I learned everything there is to know about running a race as a team. How many staff you need, where and when. What they need to do where and when. What mechanics do, where and when. What parts we need, what the riders need. What to do when X happens, or Y or Z, or ZZZ, an entire profession I learned. Leaving this racing world and heading back to life in retail and the bike shop was a wake-up call. Sure, I can bleed a brake upside down and backwards in pitch black in a French parking lot, or grab the middle bike from the roof rack in 5 seconds, or change a rear track wheel in less that 45 seconds on the apron. But, forecasting the number of chains we need to book with Shimano to not run out by June. Uh yah, I have some learning to do!
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  • Changing your Metabolism by Zone 2 - LT1 Training

    Changing your Metabolism by Zone 2 - LT1 Training

    In order to train smarter, you need to know what is going on with your metabolism.  Are you a good fat burner?  Do you rely too much on glucose?  Do you have an aerobic base?  Getting fit does not have to include a weekly torture session!  Training should be prescribed on an individual basis with the goal of longevity.
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  • Chasing Numbers.  The ups and downs of your FTP

    Chasing Numbers. The ups and downs of your FTP

    The invention of power meters has changed the game in cycling, most of it good!  We finally have a metric to gauge our effort precisely.  No more old school of going by feel.  Training with power has revolutionized coaching and training.  
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  • Tales from Track Center. Part One

    Tales from Track Center. Part One

    Many things in my life lead up to becoming a team mechanic. Too many pieces fell into place to really make a point with my skill as a writer. A more succinct explanation is to give you context into how it became possible. The biggest and most important thing in my mind is the addition of A women’s team endurance event to the track cycling program at the Olympics. Everything that came after, at least for me, was a result of this.
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  • From the Blues to Sunshine

    From the Blues to Sunshine

    You’re committing your time, body, mind and spirit to reaching this height. You have drive and clarity of vision. Hours, days, months and sometimes years of hard work and dedication. Then, all of a sudden, it’s all gone. Vanished into thin air. 
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  • Getting over the Post Race Blues

    Getting over the Post Race Blues

    You have just completed a major goal, but what comes next? All that planning, work and dedication has seen you accomplish something you can be proud of, but where do you go from here?
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  • Breaking Airports, how to fly with your bike

    Breaking Airports, how to fly with your bike

    Behind the scenes of Professional Cycling.  Sure, I sat in the back of the team car, ran to a rider with a flat. I pulled riders out of pileups and worked on bikes late at night under a headlamp. These moments were plentiful but not the real job. The real job was packing bikes and fighting airports. I could honestly say it occupied 25% of all worked hours. Packing bikes, battling airports, and unpacking bikes.
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