|Prepare for Successful Climbing
Turn that mountain into a molehill. Many cyclists mentally increase the size of a climb and let it tower over them, when a few simple processes can make the ascent more pleasant.
Mental preparation brings about a toughness that will help you perform better. Having an understanding of the elevation gained over the distance to the top and the types of pitches will help you to formulate a plan to attack it. Take your average climbing speed and the miles of the climb you want to do to assess the time it will take to ascend it. Nothing will be more crushing to your confidence than to know that you're still only halfway when you thought you would be at the top already...[ read full article ]
|An Athlete's Chemical Affair:
Lactate as a Fuel
As the science of sport evolves, coaches like me must learn to adapt to the new thoughts on how the human body reacts to exercise. In the not so distant past it was believed that lactate caused the muscles to stop working...brought on fatigue...and an athlete wouldn't be able to do anymore work once they went beyond the threshold for lactate. A much larger school of belief now looks at lactate as an important tool in an athlete's toolbox.
Well, to tackle the subject of metabolic pathways in a short article...[ read full article ]
|Denver Century Ride entry giveaway!
Last month we promoted a give away of one Triple Bypass Event entry and two Denver Century Ride entries.
Congratulations to Kim Morrison and Stephanie Beiermann for getting the correct answers and wining an entry.
We still have one entry available to the first person to follow the below instructions and reply with the correct answer.
Here is what is being offered for this giveaway. On the OES website (link provided below in details about training plans for the Denver Century Ride) find the list of factoids. Read and search to determine the false one. The first person to email OES with the correct answer to the false factoid presented will be given a code to get them into any distance of the Denver Century Ride.
| 2012 Cycling Events and Optimize Endurance Services
Check out the fruits of our labor, Event Training Plans written by Optimize Endurance Services Coaches. Prepare for success with one of OES General Training Plans designed specifically for one of the events below.
Come out this year and see OES at many of the major Colorado cycling events.
Mountain Bike Events
Stay tuned to this newsletter and the OES website for more details about these events and the partnerships we are building.
Join OES for training rides
Spring '12 ride calendar for training rides. Alternating Saturdays at 8am/Sundays at 1pm, most rides will be in the 2-4 hour range and a mix of MTB/Road/CX depending on weather. Rides are set up to be 'No Drop' meaning that the group is brought back together at major course changes.
-April 7th (Saturday) MTB-Pre-ride VooDoo Fire Pueblo.
-April 22nd (Sunday) MTB-Pre-ride Ridgeline Rampage Castle Rock.
-April 28th (Saturday) MTB-trails Silverthorne
-May 6th (Sunday) MTB-looping Highlands Ranch Please contact us for more information.
-May 12th (Saturday) MTB-Indian Creek or Road Elephant Rock pre-ride
-May 26th (Saturday) Road-Denver Century pre-ride