Cross Season, Training, Coaching

2010 season observations while racing CX :
- not training for it doesn't make it hurt more than having trained for it
- riding in the woods chasing deer is not equal to a cross-specific workout
- one is simply slower without training
- run ups are really really slow without the training
- it's still loads and loads of fun
- the season is almost done (it's gone quick)
- the folks who I've worked with as a coach this year are RIPPING IT UP this CX season
- I must write myself a training plan    ;  )


CX Season is well underway

It's my favorite time of the cycling season .... Cyclocross!
Doesn't matter how much or how little you've trained, it always feels the same  ;  )


It's Kale Season (Community Supported Agriculture)

Greens in Peanut Sauce

This is from the Simply in Season cookbook and an excellent way to use up some CSA kale
  1. In a large skillet, saute in 1 T of oil a chopped onion and 2-3 cloves of minced garlic. If you’d like, you can add a chopped tomato and simmer for 2-4 minutes.
  2. Add 1/2 tsp ground coriander, 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/4t tumeric, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/8 tsp cloves, and cook and stir for 2 minutes.
  3. Add 1 lb of kale or collards (8 C) and 1/2 C water, steam until greens are soft. Stir occasionally.
  4. Combine 2-3 T chunky peanut butter and 1-2 tsp hot water and add to the greens, stirring and cooking to coat evenly.
Works as a side dish or on its own with some brown rice.


Long time that this blog has been pretty silent

Wow, it's been a long haul and not much in the way of posting going on here. It's been time to overhaul the look for ages so that part it done. Perhpas now I'll start to post a bit more!

The last year found me facing a major challenge, happy to be here to share that all reports are looking great so far. Here's looking to more of those.

Got in a few CX races last fall, those HURT, but then that's a part of CX. Doing it on no training was an interesting experience. If all goes well, I'll be training this year. Sorting out the what/how/serious or not on the biking front. In any case it's a blast to be back on the bike.

Did an intro to biking clinic for women last month along with Andrea and that was a lot of fun. Hopefully we'll get to do more of those.


CX redefined

It's been just over eight months since I heard the words that sent most of my plans for this year to another place. Nearly five months away from aerobic activity. Fitness redefined. But the great thing is I'm slowly getting my energy back. Still find myself hitting the wall some days, just run plain out of energy. Over time it'll settle into the new 'normal'. All in all though no complaints. I've been very lucky.

CX season is here and the first races are this week. I'll be out there , love CX too much to miss it. But with only have about ten minutes of 'race' in the tank it'll sure make the rest of each race a real interesting time! Goals for this season are pretty simple: have fun.

If you're looking for a coach to help you reach your goals? I'm taking on new athletes this fall. Expert coaching cert from USA Cycling and working on finishing up the power certification. So not all of my plans and goals for this year had to wait! The coaching business is moving forward.


Fight like Susan

Many of you follow FatCyclist. For those of you who don't, it's been an incredible journey.
The sharing and community that developed around Susan's battle with cancer was incredible.

Fight the good fight every day.

There is no guarantee you'll see tomorrow and we need to embrace each day and each moment fully.

Laugh often and ride.