After spending a lot of time this spring on the road bike preparing for the Amgen Tour of California Race Experience, this week I was able to reacquaint myself with my mountain bike. And just in time, too, because there was a Wednesday evening mountain bike race less than a mile from my house this week!
Although I wasn’t feeling wonderful on Wednesday, I perked up for the race in the evening and finished fourth in the 50+ Men Cat 1 race. Not stellar but not bad, and most of all it was really fun. I can’t push myself as hard in training as I can in a racing situation, whether that’s a race with numbers pinned on your back or just a throw-down during a group ride. So it was nice to get out there and dig deep on in the middle of the week. I need to spend more time on the mountain bike, especially going hard, because I have the Leadville 100 and Trans Andes coming up! And don’t forget, although our Leadville and Trans Andes programs are sold out, you can still join us for the 4-day La Ruta de los Conquistadores Race Experience.
After the race I tried a new recipe from Adam Kelinson, author of “The Athlete’s Plate”. Jim Rutberg (CTS Coach and Co-Author of “The Time-Crunched Cyclist” and “The Time-Crunched Triathlete”) recently wrote an article about a quick and easy Soba Noodle with Almond/Miso Dressing recipe, and after an evening race on a hot and windy afternoon, it sounded really good, and it was. The recipe is definitely high in sodium, however, which isn’t great if you’re trying to reduce the sodium in your diet. But as a recovery food after a hot training session or race, that same sodium can be helpful for replenishing electrolytes you lost through sweat.
More Weekend Reading/Viewing
- Check out CTS Coach Jane Rynbrandt’s recent article on “Recovery and Balance”. The article was originally supposed to focus on female athletes, but in the end it’s a good reminder for all athletes.
- Team Trainright is a regional triathlon team we’re building in the Denver area, and members of the team have begun writing blog reports. Check out this blog from Bill Plock.
- Wondering about our upcoming High Altitude Performance Camp in Vail, CO? Check out this video about the camp, produced by our friends in Vail.
Just one more thing before I let you get out and enjoy this wonderful weekend: Our newest regional training center, CTS Santa Ynez, will open on June 27 in Santa Ynez, California. For our first Climbing Camp at this location, we want to invite all athletes who have previously come to a CTS Camp to experience climbing in the Santa Ynez Valley on July 6-9 for 20% off the price of this camp. And if this will be your first CTS Camp experience, call 866-355-0645 or email AthleteServices@trainright.com because the next 5 athletes to sign up for the July 6-9 CTS Santa Ynez Climbing Camp will receive a complimentary 3D Dynamic Bike Fit at the Santa Ynez center.
Have a great weekend!
Carmichael Training Systems