- 1-1 meeting with Coach Craig to set your custom individual plan for the season, built around your schedule and races ($150 normally). Diet, core, yoga and strength training for Cross included.
- Cross specific bike fit check and pedal stroke analysis ($150 normally)
- 3 intense Cross immersion training sessions with indoor and outdoor training lasting 3 hours Saturday August 6th, 20th September 10th ($100 normally)
- 4 Wednesday night World Championships North SeaTac for pre-season Cross Racing on August 24th and 31st & September 7th and 14th ($60)
- Unlimited indoor wattage based Sufferfest and new CX/XTC Computrainer workouts as part of your program either with us or on your own July 1 – October 1 at Sand Point Cycle U ($160)
- Course preview workouts: Lake Sammamish, Woodlawn Park, North SeaTac, Silver Lake, Marymoor, Magnuson ($120)
- The beauty of this program is that all elements of your preparation are coordinated in your personalized training plan, built to address your unique needs/schedule and goals and integrating group training and race simulations prior to the season to hold you accountable. Pure quality training and no fluff.
I taught a private lesson this week to a new rider, someone who is very tentative on the bike. We started with the basics on the stationary trainer. How to stand up on the pedals while coasting and going straight, this might seem very basic, but I always tell clients that I can find people who cannot do what they can do, there are many who cannot even balance on 2 wheels! We all have our “next challenge” and whether you have been riding 2 months or 30 years, there is always something new to work on and master.
Coasting was a new skill and it took some time to get comfortable with it, check. Done after 20 minutes of practice and some changes to make the bike fit better. #2, Braking, how to shift weight back and really stop quickly, and then get a foot down. Not that easy, key is to start without being clipped in so you can put either foot down quickly.
We went on from there eventually adding clip-less pedals and tackling hills, but the thing that struck me, and that usually suprises me is how many small things you must master to really enjoy cycling. It is a technical sport, but once we master it we forget it was ever a problem and often end up on a plateau where we stop learning.
Where are you at and what do you need to work on to get to the next level? What are you focused on improving this season? Going faster downhill? Cornering more confidently, tackling steeper hills, riding no-hands, bunny hopping, jumps, some kind of new genre of cycling, standing up and jamming up VERY steep roads or trails, drafting off of a good rider at speed? Pick an area and focus on it, spend time working on it and soon you will step up to the next level and love cycling even more. There are always challenges to keep you sharp and progressing.
Spin to win,
*Sprint Triathlon and Mountain Biking are other common ways people start racing, but they require a Mountain Bike or you have to like swimming and running.