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2015 Roster Full

Quick note to say that we are currently full for 2015.

However, as of mid February we are hoping to offer some one off training plans for people to purchase. Any suggestions or need, feel free to contact us!

Thursday Thoughts

Look Around
A very busy week drops on your lap. You take on too much work -it swamps your brain, your life, it causes the smallest of things (like getting lunch) to become a massive stress. You can’t walk away no matter how much you want it.
You don’t eat and your training suffers. Your mood suffers. Your relationships suffer. Everything suffers. The only thing that doesn’t suffer is the feeling like you’re failing to keep on top of it all – that keeps getting better and better. In a manner of speaking.
Taking the time to push away. Look at things objectively and think “are these important” that is what we need to do in these situations – too look on with a callous mind and work on what is important first – everything else can slide away. Knowing how to do this is difficult, impossible for some.
I use myself as an example, I’m no better at dealing with it than anyone. Looking at myself and helping others learn from you is what coaching is about. Making the mistakes, trying the sessions that looked good on paper but didn’t hit the target. Sometimes we have to try to hard, to put too much on, to fall over from it in order to get back up again. Sometimes I take on too many people, ideas, promises and it breaks me. But I work at it, and force myself to deal with it logically. To break each stress into a “session” and address it. The pre- packed clothes for the after work session. The food in baggies to grab for breakfast when I land at my desk after a ride. The diary slots on my phone to tell me when to do things for others.
To build a resilient mind you also have to stress the mind, the same as a resilient body. That can be through stress itself, but it is not something that can last for extended periods of time without something going wrong. The trick is to realise it, to take that stress and put it down into the wheels and pedal it out. Push hard, use it, abuse it so you can get rid of it.
What I’m getting at is this – stress can be productive, just learn to manage it, use it to your benefit.

It’s Time

Cross season is back. It’s time to get some updates out. Bring on the mud.

Otherwise – we’re still full with current clients.

If any openings appear – I’ll post them here.

First of the Summer Wise

 The next few months are key to a successful season. Get the basics sorted first.

1) Check your race bike over –  if you’ve been training on your winter XC bike, don’t expect your summer XC/CX bike to be in perfect order.Take it down, run through the gears and brakes, check it all works. If you’re not competent enough fixing it – take it to your local bike shop and get it sorted.

2) Check your shoes – the winter is terrible on kit and cleats. Check your old winter cleats are in working order and if in doubt, swap them out. Its only a few quid and it will save you a world of pain if you pull out of your pedals in a race.

3) New bottles – your ten year old fateful water bottle may not be your best friend. dragged through a winter of mud and slurry it probably is covered in some nasty things. Get some baby bottle disinfectant and get it clean. This goes for all bottles, there is no point in getting a GI infection at this time of year.

As ever the months of March and April are about base. Focus on what you need to be doing – riding your bike, getting stronger off the bike. Take it all, get prepared now and the next few months will be a lot easier on you.

Commitment

Sean

You have to want something to make it happen. You have to work. You have to give everything to achieve even the smallest thing. Sometimes this means failure. Sickness. Strife.

To some this comes as a door blocking any attempt to get better, to progress past the point they know they should be at, but with no knowledge or drive to do it.

For others it is a challenge, a door that needs to be picked to show us what lies behind with the treats of victory and progress behind it.

Getting past that door takes commitment. Time on wheels. Time out in the dark, the rain, the cold. It gives you the edge. Puts you across the line first. With everyone else looking like they are still behind the door.

What did you commit to last in your training?

Back on Track

Six years away from track riding and I thought I’d lost the bug. But spending a week back and forth from the track in Manchester with an athlete racing the worlds has taught me one thing. I still like to turn left, I love watching it, the noise, the smell, the atmosphere. The bug is back…seeing her get 3 medals may have helped ;) One or two things stayed with me. The most basic of which was posted outside the USA pit area:

IMAG1536The second, it is ok to suck. Sometimes we do. We are the meaning of suck, at life, at reality, at everything we do. But others can help us not suck. Those people support us, drag us kicking and screaming from a pit of suck onto the beaches of success.

I have only resurfaced from sleep after 4 hour nights all week. Staying up to cook food, to wake up to prepare bottles and coffee, to convince and persuade an elite athlete that they are elite…it takes a lot from me. But damn, it feels good when they perform. Results for a coach are proof that the pudding not only tastes good, but stays down.

Time to cook some more.

Time to suck less.

Time Away

We’ve been quite quiet of late.

Athletes are training and racing. Coach is trying to do the same.

Time for words has decreased. Time for sunlight is here.

Updates:

Commiserations to Phil at the Highland Trail race – retiring due to a mechanical is never fun.

Congratulations to Sarah for victory at the Skerries Triathlon – injuries are never as bad as they appear.

Continuations to all athletes, racing, training, suffering the fitness that has emerge – enjoy the summer. Winter is coming.

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Back to Normal

The death of a family member leaves time to think and a space to be filled.

Filling it with work is useful, filling it with training is better.

We’re back to business now, sorry for any delay in replies over the past few weeks.

Our mentor may have passed, but the legacy lives on.

Hit the North is coming.

Like the inevitable encroaching winter Hit the North is upon us.

This year 5 Stoic athletes are racing. Others are watching. The coaches are partaking.

Good luck to everyone. Hopefully it will snow again.

On the other side of the water the second round of the Biking Blitz is kicking off.

After a mechanical caused her to drop out of third place in the last round Stoic Athlete Claire Breslin will hopefully replace her unlucky ride with a well placed podium spot.

Time will tell.