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The Switch

“The day you stop racing is the day you win the race.” – Bob Marley
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Choose Your Own Adventure

We can still achieve a lot of our primary motivations for endurance sport, even without racing! But how do we do this? By choosing our own adventure! Coach Doug has more for you in our blog post!
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Game Time - Mental Fitness Tips and Tricks

Sharpening our mental training skills can have a tremendous advantage with staying in control under pressure, being more consistent in our training, performing at our best ability, and exceeding our best at our most important competitions. Coach Amy Javens discusses these skills in this blog!
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How Many Ways Can We Skin the Same Cat

Over the years, several tests and concepts have been developed and used by coaches, athletes and physiologists to look at both Lactate Threshold, and just as importantly, the physiological characteristics of the athlete. These characteristics can then be used to create a targeted training program that “works” for THAT athlete by targeting the athlete’s limiters identified in the testing. One size fits all just doesn’t cut it here. In most cases, very aerobic athletes will respond best to more anaerobic training (if their peripheral system can handle it) and visa-versa. The purpose of this writing is to show you the most common concepts and charts….all really used to show the same thing! I think many coaches and athletes get confused with the various testing methods and concepts and don’t realize it’s all trying to show/determine the same thing for the most part!
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Gravel 101

In a lot of ways and for a lot of people, gravel is reigniting that passion for the experience that so many thought might have been lost for good. And just like you’d expect, it was always right there in front of us. It’s “just riding bikes”, after all.
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A Guide to Getting Started in Cycling

Most folks get started in cycling by joining a more experienced rider on a bike ride, who can help you find the right equipment, the best roads and areas to pedal, and give you tips and tricks to getting the most out of your ride. Now with social distancing, of course, we are forced to go at it alone, unable to rely on our peers for a spare inner tube, a sip of water, or their GPS to navigate back to your starting point. So, it’s time to create a Cycling 101 checklist – a guide to getting started!
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Get Busy Livin'

I was once what you might call a bit of a ‘reluctant flier’. While I didn’t quite have a B.A. Baracus-type of anxiety around it, it wasn’t my favorite means of transportation. I wouldn’t not fly, but I would definitely check to see how long the drive would have been, for places where I wanted to go. And while I typically ended up boarding a plane to get to those places, it was rare that I actually enjoyed myself on it. You see, I hated turbulence. The plane would start shaking, and maybe do that little drop-thing that it does, and my head would instantly go to that scene from Castaway, when the FedEx plane plunged into the Pacific.
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What To Do - The Million Dollar Question

Someday, 20-30 years from now, the next generation of endurance sport athletes, and non-athletes for that matter, will ask the million-dollar question: “What did you do during the COVID-19 Pandemic?”
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Tapping Into The Power of Now With Your Sport

As a triathlete, a cyclist, a runner trying to achieve your goals, you are most likely very driven. Your competitive spirit is brimming over the top and that motivates you to train. Add in your job/career and your family and it’s clear how busy your life is. Add in the context of a culture that glorifies busyness and has made exhaustion a status symbol. Burnout and even resentment toward your sport of choice is a very real possibility.
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Quintessential Gravel

The new 160K course at D2R2 is an absolutely quintessential New England gravel route and is exactly the reason we fell in love with gravel and adventure riding to begin with. It was more fun and more enjoyable to ride than any of us would have ever possibly imagined – and we frankly can’t wait to ride it again.
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“The day you stop racing is the day you win the race.” – Bob Marley
We can still achieve a lot of our primary motivations for endurance sport, even without racing! But how do we do this? By choosing our own adventure! Coach Doug has more for you in our blog post!
Sharpening our mental training skills can have a tremendous advantage with staying in control under pressure, being more consistent in our training, performing at our best ability, and exceeding our best at our most important competitions. Coach Amy Javens discusses these skills in this blog!
Over the years, several tests and concepts have been developed and used by coaches, athletes and physiologists to look at both Lactate Threshold, and just as importantly, the physiological characteristics of the athlete. These characteristics can then be used to create a targeted training program that “works” for THAT athlete by targeting the athlete’s limiters identified in the testing. One size fits all just doesn’t cut it here. In most cases, very aerobic athletes will respond best to more anaerobic training (if their peripheral system can handle it) and visa-versa. The purpose of this writing is to show you the most common concepts and charts….all really used to show the same thing! I think many coaches and athletes get confused with the various testing methods and concepts and don’t realize it’s all trying to show/determine the same thing for the most part!
In a lot of ways and for a lot of people, gravel is reigniting that passion for the experience that so many thought might have been lost for good. And just like you’d expect, it was always right there in front of us. It’s “just riding bikes”, after all.
Most folks get started in cycling by joining a more experienced rider on a bike ride, who can help you find the right equipment, the best roads and areas to pedal, and give you tips and tricks to getting the most out of your ride. Now with social distancing, of course, we are forced to go at it alone, unable to rely on our peers for a spare inner tube, a sip of water, or their GPS to navigate back to your starting point. So, it’s time to create a Cycling 101 checklist – a guide to getting started!
I was once what you might call a bit of a ‘reluctant flier’. While I didn’t quite have a B.A. Baracus-type of anxiety around it, it wasn’t my favorite means of transportation. I wouldn’t not fly, but I would definitely check to see how long the drive would have been, for places where I wanted to go. And while I typically ended up boarding a plane to get to those places, it was rare that I actually enjoyed myself on it. You see, I hated turbulence. The plane would start shaking, and maybe do that little drop-thing that it does, and my head would instantly go to that scene from Castaway, when the FedEx plane plunged into the Pacific.
Someday, 20-30 years from now, the next generation of endurance sport athletes, and non-athletes for that matter, will ask the million-dollar question: “What did you do during the COVID-19 Pandemic?”
As a triathlete, a cyclist, a runner trying to achieve your goals, you are most likely very driven. Your competitive spirit is brimming over the top and that motivates you to train. Add in your job/career and your family and it’s clear how busy your life is. Add in the context of a culture that glorifies busyness and has made exhaustion a status symbol. Burnout and even resentment toward your sport of choice is a very real possibility.
The new 160K course at D2R2 is an absolutely quintessential New England gravel route and is exactly the reason we fell in love with gravel and adventure riding to begin with. It was more fun and more enjoyable to ride than any of us would have ever possibly imagined – and we frankly can’t wait to ride it again.