By: Richard La China | USAC Certified Cycling Coach

“Preparation” is a simple concept, yet one that is often forgotten by cyclists—either accidentally or on-purpose—and eschewed for something “easier”: a lighter frame, carbon wheels, a new supplement, time in a CVAC pod. Certainly, those things are helpful, but without a good, trained engine, they are virtually useless. They alone won’t get you that “belt buckle” qualifying time, the series overall win, or a ten percent increase on your FTP. You must prepare.

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“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.”(—Alexander Graham Bell) For cyclists, “preparation” means quality time on the bike and in the gym, a well thought-out training / racing schedule, and finding your optimal nutrition plan both on and off the bike.

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So, when should all this preparation take place? Well the answer is, “NOW!” For most of you, the 2016 race season is coming to an end, and the off-season is on the horizon. But off-season doesn’t mean “stop training.” It means it’s time to set your goals for next year, make a plan to achieve them, and begin Base Training. The importance of preparation in this phase cannot be overstated. If you don’t set your goals for next year now, you will miss a critical phase of training for them. If you have goals, but don’t have a plan to achieve them, your training will be aimless and fruitless. If you have goals and a plan, but no aerobic base, your foundation for all future interval workouts will be compromised and you will run the risk of injury and/or burnout. A good base season equals a good race season.

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A cycling coach is the best tool—and best investment— to guide you through this important phase of training. A coach will have a critical eye, a ton of experience, and can look at things more objectively than you can yourself. Even if you have the latest Training Bible book and have read every issue of Bicycling Magazine, I encourage you to remember this: good doctors don’t treat or operate on themselves, and good lawyers don’t represent themselves in court. The same goes for cyclists; good cyclists don’t coach themselves.

Have I peaked your interest? Checkout the training plan options we offer here. Let’s meet up or schedule a phone call and chat for a bit. You can send me a quick message here to get things rolling.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

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IMBA will celebrate its thirteenth-annual Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day (TKMBD) on Saturday, October 1, 2016. This is a great opportunity for you to share your passion for pedaling with kids!

What is Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day?

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TKMBD, developed and coordinated by IMBA, strives to encourage communities around the world to join together and ride mountain bikes with youth. Over the years IMBA has had tens of thousands of kids participate from across the globe, including: Italy, Australia, South Africa, Canada, Malaysia, and Mexico. Informal or formal, one child or 100 children, TKMBD celebrates the joy of riding in the dirt.

Besides being good, healthy fun, the goal is to develop a connection between kids and the natural world around them. Today’s children are tomorrow’s land managers and politicians — future decision-makers for important matters like recreation and access to public lands. How different might our current access landscape look today if previous generations of policy makers had grown up riding bikes on natural-surface trails?

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So whether you’re a dad, uncle, aunt, grandma, or grandpa, and especially if you’re a mom or a kid, we hope you’ll join our Ninja Skills Team for a free, fun “rodeo” in the park.

Our Ninja Skills Team is super excited and we’ve got a fun afternoon planned. We will set up skills stations where we can practice the basics in small groups before we head out to put them to the test on the trails.

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This is a free event!

We’re looking forward to seeing you and your family. We’ll have fun giveaways and prizes waiting, too.

Where: Morley Field (Balboa Park). Meet up in the grass area just south of the baseball fields under the Eucalyptus trees. It’s just east of the entrance to the San Diego Velodrome.

When: All kids need to be checked in by 1pm

Registration is required, sign up here: https://sandiegomountainbikeskills.com/product/ticket-imbas-take-a-kid-mountain-biking-day-free-event-20161001/

 

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Saturday, October 1, 2016 IMBA will celebrate its thirteenth-annual Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day (TKMBD) on Saturday, October 1, 2016. This is a great opportunity for you to share your passion for pedaling with kids! What is Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day? TKMBD, developed and coordinated by IMBA, strives to encourage communities around Read More →
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By: Richard La China | USAC Certified Cycling Coach “Preparation” is a simple concept, yet one that is often forgotten by cyclists—either accidentally or on-purpose—and eschewed for something “easier”: a lighter frame, carbon wheels, a new supplement, time in a CVAC pod. Certainly, those things are helpful, but without a good, trained engine, they are Read More →
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By: Aaron Lucy | Lead Skills Instructor One of my favorite components of a good Ready Position is riding with a low, flat torso. We humans (most of us anyway) have a natural tendency to protect ourselves from danger. For Mountain Bikers this often translates to pushing ourselves up into a high position on our bike, away Read More →
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By: Alanna Ketler Originally Published at CE / December 12, 2014 I’m sure most people have heard of the term “tree-hugger,” often a nickname given to people who care about the environment and the planet. But did you know that hugging trees can actually improve your health? As a matter of fact, you don’t even Read More →
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We love cycling and we still have days when it’s a struggle to hoist ourselves out of that chair and saddle up for a ride.  Motivation is the same for all of us: It waxes and wanes like the moon.  You just need a few little tricks to keep yours shining bright when it would Read More →
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One of the frequently asked questions we get about jumping has do do with why riders struggle with keeping their feet in contact with the pedals once airborne.   Below, is a email we received from Rich G., a recent Jumping Mini-clinic participant, and the response from one of our Lead Instructors, Aaron Lucy.   Please comment Read More →
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Ninja Mountain Bike Performance invites you to Ride Like A Ninja in the new Ninja Jr Development Program Are you looking for a way to stay fit and race ready through the summer season? Do you wish to challenge yourself, develop your skills and compete in the local XC racing events? Team Ninja is proud Read More →
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