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I got a coach. I’m just like Rocky

So, I wrote a blog post on Saturday that implied I wasn’t going to be coached this season. Well, things have changed.

I continued to panic about not having a plan into Sunday. I kept asking myself a ton of questions: How do I train? Do I only lift? Do I run a lot? Do I ride a lot? Should I go to yoga? Ahh!!! I was overwhelmed and overthinking everything, which is no surprise for those of you who know me.

Luckily, a good friend of mine – the woman who taught me everything I know about mountain biking, introduced me to racing and encouraged me throughout my short mountain bike career – said she’d help me organize my training. Or, as I like to say, she is my coach.

She is known in the mountain biking community and gained pro status a few years back. She continues to encourage me and others to be our best while she’s nursing an injury. She is a humble person who’s given so much to the cycling community over the years.

Honestly, it never occurred to me to ask her for help, but I was instantly thrilled. She knows her stuff!

We met up and talked about my goals for the season. Specifically, we decided which races I want to do well in (all of them of course), but I picked about three that are my ultimate races. She developed a plan for me about how to prepare for the races, including how to fill my schedule – but not too much. We also talk about how to get ready for 100 miles on the mountain bike – mentally and physically.

This season is going to be good one but it’s also going to be scary. My plans are ambitious and physically demanding. After all, this is my first season l plan to do more than one 100 mile race. Hell, this is my first season to ever race a 100 mile race. Luckily, my coach motivated me while keeping my feet on the ground. Our meeting was a refreshing conversation and I am forever grateful for Alaina, my friend and coach.

Cindy and Alaina at Merli.

Cindy and Alaina at Merli.

Ride on strong 🙂


6 responses

  1. Congratulations on getting a coach! The snow in the background of your photo is making me envious! Chicago keeps getting missed this year!

    January 8, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    • I love snow sports, but this year, I can take it or leave it. We’re heading into a warmup this weekend. 50’s! The road bike will be out for some miles for sure!

      January 9, 2013 at 7:43 am

  2. c2gd169

    Coaching definitely sounds like fun. And snow. Lots and lots of snow.

    January 9, 2013 at 1:31 pm

  3. I’ve never had a coach, but feel I should have one. Have a great season of racing!

    January 9, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    • Thank you! I’ve never had a coach either. She is a great person and knows her stuff. It’s nice to have some guidance 🙂

      January 9, 2013 at 8:24 pm

      • I bet. I’m only okay at figuring out how to plan a season and workouts. It’d be so nice to get rid of that stress and focus on my training 100%.

        January 9, 2013 at 10:45 pm

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