Archive for July 2014

TNW Tip of the Week: Visualization

Write it down. Visualize correct movement. Practice your visualization.

As you prep for upcoming events, reflect on your recent races. Visualize how the race actually happened. Then, visualize how you would like it to happen. What was the difference? What did you change? As you practice with your brain, your body will follow. Make the mind-body connection and begin to put your new strategies in place at TNW. When you’re rolling up to the line at the next race, focus on your intentions to make your new visions a reality.

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TNW: Heat Advisory

Race time head index today is to be 108°F which means it’ll be pretty brutal on the asphalt.

Let’s skip the hard racing tonight and be safe if you do ride in the heat today.

See you at next week’s Tuesday Night Worlds.

TNW Tip of the Week: Your Role in the Race

TNW Tip of the Week

You take your pull and you take your turn behind the pullers, that’s how racing works. Are you remembering your role as you race? Yep, when you’re sitting in, you still have work to do, especially if you’re working as part of a team. Your job is to answer a few questions:

Who is around you?
Can you work with them?
Who is riding strong?
Who is showing signs of fatigue?
What is your plan with your teammates?
Where are your teammates and how are they holding up?
Who is setting up a move?
Are you going to make a move and how will you accomplish it?

This is only the beginning of what you should be thinking about and should all be automatic. There are a few more nearby races including the State Crit Championship races followed by the Gateway Cup in St. Louis over Labor Day Weekend. Bring all of your skills together for these final few weeks and finish the season strong.

TNW Tip of the Week: Spare Race Wheels

A spare set of wheels can make or break your racing experience. Not all races provide neutral support, so take care of yourself and invest in set of spares for the inevitable flat that sooner or later finds us all.

Feel free to stash a set of spare race wheels at TNW in the wheel pit. It’s one more way to practice your racing strategy at the Tuesday Night Worlds venue. Bring your wheels and jump out to practice a quick change, plus honing the skill of rejoining the pack. More about how this works is discussed in a previous post: Free Lap Rule.

10K Time Trial: Results for July 10th

The return trip of the TT was a battle into the wind. Great job everyone! Those post-race cupcakes were well earned. Thank you to Sarah Anderson for officiating and Mark Thomas for holding. Thank you to all who donated to the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s. Enjoy your prizes!

13:26   Bob Ades
14:06   Bo Guydosh
14:28   Eric Howser
14:32   Brendan Sheehan
14:33   Tim Claire
14:39   Jay Raupp
14:58   David Conrad
15:01   Neil Malone
15:03   Jesse Miguel
15:10   Andy Brown
15:22   Frank Quinlan
15:43   Roger Edgar
15:50   Teresa Jarzemkoski
15:53   Mike Smithmier
16:09   Donna Stevens
16:10   Becca Williams
16:53   Gene Lamb
16:14   Art Berger
17:37   Steve Del Vechhio
18:21   Will Kirste
20:18   Alexis Emery
22:36   Seth Wisdom
22.54  Fineas Howser
Time Trial

Vive Le Tour and the 10K TT

Every Victory Counts - Davis Phinney Foundation

It’s Tour de France time at the July 10th 10K TT. Chalked roads, raffles, and prizes!

In honor of Le Tour and all that is cycling, we celebrate the birthday of the second American to win a TdF stage, Davis Phinney. It’s also my birthday and I’m the second American to…um…I’ll have to do some research.

At any rate, it means I get to ask for the one present I want most: The gift to “Live Well Now.”

How do you give a gift like that? By supporting the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease.

Davis Phinney was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2000 at the young age of 40. As athletes we value motion, to go out there and do whatever we want to do. We value the effect motion has on our psyche. With Parkinson’s Disease, motion becomes difficult. Motion becomes involuntary. Motion becomes rigid. The psyche takes a hard hit and the fight becomes more mental in order to deal with the physical. As with many diseases, we don’t know how long we’ll wait to find a cure. Davis has taken the bull by the horns and is teaching people with PD to live well right now. No waiting, no jacking around. Live Well Now.

Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson's

Please click to donate.

Maintaining control of movement is a primary focus for those living with Parkinson’s. Teaching strategies for motion control as symptoms progress is one of the many things the Foundation does to help people with this disease to live well now through their Victory Summit symposia and other excellent resources.

Let’s celebrate our abilities, whatever they may be, with a gift to the Davis Phinney Foundation.

Of course I want to live to see a cure for my disease – and make that time limit, too. But until that glad day arrives, I want to live well, not merely exist.”
          ~Davis Phinney, The Happiness of Pursuit

If you’re game, here’s what Davis taught me, a few photos, and why I’m so passionate about supporting the work of the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s:

Every Victory Counts©:  Experiencing the Gift

TNW Tip of the Week: Prime Lap

Cyclists racing a criterium

While watching a Pro/1/2 criterium recently, a Cat 3 racer asked me why the lead riders did not sprint for a prime in the middle of the race. Instead, they stayed in the paceline they had formed and continued steadily.

My answer: By sprinting, they would have expended energy that they needed to maintain the lead. The win was the goal, not the primes. Remember the tip about team strategy and working with those around you? This was a perfect example, they were all from different teams. The first rider in that paceline was officially awarded the prime for crossing the finish line first on that lap, but they may have agreed to split it between themselves as an incentive to work together. They maintained their strategy throughout the race, then contested the final sprint at the end.

Does this mean you should never sprint for a prime? Absolutely not. Choose your glory moments but choose them wisely based on your abilities and your ultimate goal. An early sacrifice may pay off bigger in the end.