by Kevin Eng
Yeah, all you skiers/snowboarders think its the bee’s knees, but I just don’t see it. Ski slopes are just what downhill MTB trails become in the off-season anyway.
My loathing of low temperatures has not done wonders for my cycling fitness in the past. Old Man Winter is a prime suspect for making me slack off on training during my short-lived collegiate cycling career. The month of April usually involves a lot of leg-searing wheel-sucking as I barely hang on to the back of the Long Valley shop ride. Not fun.
I’m sure there are many of you out there who know my pain. For 2012, my goal is to make sure the early-season aches take the year off.
The two things I know I need to be successful are structure and motivation. I was a somewhat successful track & field athlete in high school and most of the credit goes to the training plan designed and implemented by my awesome coaches. The same resources can be had for cycling, of course.
There are lots of good cycling coaches in the area. Heck, I work with one. Our Long Valley store manager, Jeff O’hara, is a USA Cycling certified Level 3 coach. But honestly, I’m probably not at the level where I need that level of attention (yet, anyway).
But I needed to look no further than to another member of the Cycle Craft family. Brian Lariviere, the President of our MTB team Team Bulldog/Cycle Craft, is also a USCF-certified level 3 coach and will be providing a unique training opportunity this winter.
For the past two years, Brian has been running a 10 week indoor training class at the Parsippany store. It’s kind of like a spin class, but geared specifically towards cycling. Just the structure and motivation I was looking for.
If you’d like to know a little more about Brian, you can check out a short bio and his palmares here.
Over the next ten weeks, I’ll be documenting my experiences in Brian’s class here on the blog. Hopefully, that will be enough for you all to come out and join in. The first class is tonight, and I have to say it’s the first time I’ve ever looked forward to indoor training.
If you want some more info, or to join in on the fun, check out our website. You can pre-register on BikeReg or just show up. Don’t worry if you can’t make it tonight. I’m in for all ten weeks, but you can do as many or as few sessions as you’d like. There is a small fee, but I’m certain it will be worth every penny.
See you there!