Mega Motivation!

Posted on 8:57 AM by Schottler

It's been 5 weeks now and I have only had 1 awkward ride outside, the cast and wrist brace make holding on to the bars almost impossible. I have been on the trainer 1-2 times a day, which sounds awful, but I am almost getting used to it. I've started to appreciate what you can accomplish in a short amount of time. In addition to my new 'trainer nerd' outlook of training, I have just been handed a spot at the 2011 Leadville 100!!

I took a plunge in to a new training device to optimize my short attention span of riding the trainer. I tossed out (for sale) my Cycleops Fluid2 for the new Cycleops PowerBeam Pro w/ Joule 3.0. This thing is incredible! Any workout can be as detailed as possible... and there is no cheating in the workouts. You create workouts in the PowerAgent software with either target power, power range, power zone, or slope of a climb. Or, you can covert any ride you have done outside into a trainer ride! The trainer self-adjusts the resistance, so there is no need in staring at the computer and shifting or picking up the cadence to get to the wattage or zone you need to be at. The possibilities are pretty much endless for any type of training program. Program your workout, turn on some music, TV, or both, and pedal. This has been by show of choice for every single trainer ride:

But anyway, riding the trainer for 1-2 hours at a time can be a great way to work on strength, leg speed, expend kj's quickly, but not exactly ideal for long races.

Yesterday I got a totally unexpected phone call for a position at the 2011 Leadville 100. Sram is sponsoring a few hand selected people to compete in the event this year, and thanks to Doug Plumer (Sram sales rep) and Mike Weiss of Big Shark Bicycle Co., I was one of the very lucky people. If you are not familiar with the race, I recommend watching Race Across the Sky. Leadville 100 is now easily the most recognizable and difficult to get in to MTB race in the country. I've wanted to do it, but I have a bad track record of registering for races in time. I am unbelievably excited and very thankful for such great sponsors/team!

Like I said, I have been stuck on the trainer for the last 5 weeks with rides 2 hours or less. This stupid wrist brace comes off next Thursday and the doctor is going to give me the green light to do whatever I want. This includes Lost Valley Luau in STL a few days after. It's a fast and not very technical race which will be good, my wrist will be taped up and weak, I just need to get some time in the woods, I will probably be a little shakey and slow, definitely a no-risk race game plan. Besides that, I have the 50 mile Firecracker 50 in Breckenridge the 4th of July and Galena Grinder July 23rd, which are the next races of the USAC PRO UET series. I am ranked 2nd in the series and I would like to keep my name high up in the ranks. Either way, it's great training for a long race.

Once the brace comes off, my training will be targeting 50+ mile races. This will still include the trainer for developing power, leg speed, and the huge aerobic capacity required for long climbs... but I will be putting in some much needed long hours outside. I think I have the ability to get a top 20 at Leadville... which if consistent with the last few years would get me a top 3 in my age group. Crazy goal? I dunno.


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