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Copper Triangle
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Training Term
Overreached: an acute state of fatigue and hence diminished performance resulting from a brief period of excessive training relative to what you normally perform. Normally, performance will recover after just a few days of rest or reduced training.
The idea of periodized training is to provide an increasing stress on the body to illicit a response and then provide adequate rest to give ourselves time to repair and adapt. There will be times throughout the season that the average athlete is overreaching, such as after a large training block to prepare for a target event before tapering or possibly from the event itself (think the Triple Bypass or Leadville 100). As long as these are properly planned for they can be important parts of a training program. If not accounted for, an athlete can become overtrained, a situation in which they are chronically overreaching and where recovery takes a long period of time.
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It's hard to believe that we're already through the majority of the summer cycling season here in Colorado. It seems like just yesterday we were giving tips about indoor riding during the winter. Now we're battling 90+ degree days and it seems like a little snow may not be such a bad thing right now. The time has come to look back on how your season has been up to this point, refocus and sprint for the finish line. There are still gains to be made and, like always, the team at OES is here to help you. Be it a mid-season LT Test to track gains and reset training zones, building a training plan to get you through your last "A" event or just a consult to review your data so far and give you some direction, we've got the tools to optimize your training. 

~The OES Team 
The Art of Recovery

In the search for gains in performance, most recreational athletes put the greatest emphasis on the training portion of the equation, and rightfully so. After all, if we don't train we can't expect to get any faster. But as coaches, we know that training is only a small part of the bigger picture. Your training can easily be derailed by poor sleep, stress at work or home and poor diet. Getting a better handle on these areas can help you to see greater gains...READ FULL ARTICLE

Copper Triangle - Saturday, August 3rd  
OES Copper Triangle Training Ride Sun., July 21st

Optimize Endurance Services is proud to be the official training partner of the Copper Triangle for the second consecutive year. The Copper Triangle offers a challenging 78-mile loop, covering three mountain passes and over 6,000ft of elevation gain. Truly and epic day in the saddle! Registration is filling up fast for this Colorado classic. REGISTER


For further details about the OES Training Ride on July 21st, and to RSVP, visit our...OES RIDES CALENDAR

Accomplishments of OES Clients and Team Members
Lucas Podium

At OES we get excited to see our clients and MTB team members accomplish their goals. There's no better feeling than being a part of your success. Here is just a sampling of  what our athletes have achieved so far this season:

OES MTB Team: 1st Place Team, Rocky Mountain Endurance Series

Michael Burleigh: National Champion, collegiate TT

Sam Chovan: 1st place Stage 5 Tour of the Gila, Cat 2 Road & Pro MTB upgrades

Wade Housewright: 5:11 @ Silver Rush 50, an improvement of 41min compared to 2012!

Lucas Clark (pictured): CO State Keirin and Individual Pursuit Champion

Carlos Vulgamott: 1st Breck 100, single speed

Chris Munro: 1st Breck 100, 40-49 age group

Hunter Linder: 1st Winter Park P2P, Novice 16-18

Christena Ward: 1st Overall, RME Marathon Series Pro/Open

Rachel Hadley: 1st Overall, RME Half-Marathon Series Pro/Open

Yousef Hamzeh: 1st Overall, RME XC Series 30-39

Debbie Murray: 1st Overall, RME Half-Marathon Series 40-49

Jessica Mullins: 1st Overall, RME Half-Marathon Series 30-39

Dennie McGarry: 1st Winter Park Super Loop, Sport 40-44

HRCA Mountain Bike Series
Looking for a fun, low-key and inexpensive introduction to mountain bike racing on the front range? The Highlands Ranch Community Association is putting on a three race MTB series in August. These races provide a casual, yet competitive, atmosphere and are run on trails that are fun for beginners and veterans alike.


Highlands Point Circuit Race - Thurs. August 1st @ 6pm

Rocky Gulch Circuit Race - Thurs. August 15th @ 6pm

Backcountry Burner XC Race - Sat. August 31st @ 12pm


All Races start at the trailhead behind Mountain Vista High School. For further details about the series visit their website...HRCA MOUNTAIN BIKE SERIES

Team Sponsors
Optimize Endurance Services Mountain Bike Team is proud to be supported by local, cyclist owned businesses in 2013:
Come Ride The Summit With Apex Mountain Homes: One satisfying feeling from building custom homes in Summit County, CO is the knowledge of how much our clients are going to love living in this community. Six world class ski areas, five championship golf courses, gold medal fishing, and hundreds of miles of recreation paths right outside your door - it just doesn't get any better than this. My family loves all the activities and sporting events Summit County offers, but especially cycling. Whether we are going for a fun family outing or watching world renowned bike racing action, we know we're going to have a great time. In fact, the USA Pro Challenge, one of the most highly anticipated cycling races in the country, comes roaring into Summit County on Tues., Aug. 20 with a Stage 2 finish in Breckenridge. Then, the very next day, Stage 3 to Steamboat Springs rolls out of Breckenridge. This race brings the best of the best of world-class cyclists, and two opportunities to spectate in Summit County! Throughout the summer, Summit County hosts rides and races for all cycling abilities, from easy trail rides to the Summit Mountain Challenge, to the Firecracker 50 to the Breckenridge 100 to the Circle the Summit Bob Guthrie Memorial Ride and everything in between. If you're in Summit County, give Apex Mountain Homes a call and we'll go for a ride!
Clark Johnson & family
Apex Mountain Homes is owned by OES Team Member, and sponsor, Clark Johnson. To learn more about how Apex Mountain Homes can make your dream home a reality, visit their WEBSITE or call 970-668-3402
Upcoming Rides
Upcoming Optimize Endurance Services Rides: 
-July 21st (Sun) OES Official Copper Triangle Practice Ride
-Aug 3rd (Sat) Copper Triangle - Registration Filling Up Fast!
-Sept 15th (Sun) OES MTB Team Training Ride - Buff Creek

Please see the OES RIDES CALENDAR for further ride details.
Thanks again for spending time reading the OES newsletter and for your continued support of Optimize Endurance Services. Don't see what you need? Let us know.

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Quote of the Month: 

"That ride was like one huge bonk


-TrainingPeaks entry on 6/16 for OES coach Adam Fivehouse. Proving even the best of us have bad days on the bike.