March 2012

By | March 31st, 2012|

Hello Team-
We are on the eve of our third race…where does the time go? Here are a few last minute items that are essential for you to have an enjoyable race. Please take a minute to read through.  

  1. If you are riding in the vans (yes plural…we have the team van and the Peterson Truckster completely full) be at Gus Gym at noon sharp. Don’t assume we will wait if you are “running late”. We have a long drive with a lot of racers and will be pre-riding the course so it is a very, very big day. Rich and I were disappointed in the lack of music in the last race. No podiums for tunes but please…throw us a bone.
  2. Make sure you are prepared. Check the Feb 25th blog and take a look at the pre-race checklist. Its your responsibility to have everything you need to race. Yes…your teammates, coaches and parents will gladly help, assist and lend you anything you need but don’t assume we will have what you need. Be prepared. 
  3. Take care of yourself. Drink plenty of water on the ride down and have a healthy meal Saturday night with the team. Root beer floats and cheeseburgers are highly discouraged. Ensure your tank is full of the proper fuel. 
  4. If you have any last minute questions call Coach Paul 510-229-7415 or Coach Christy 415-310-2671. 
We are going to have an amazing race weekend! 
Coach Paul

Ride Today – Climbing Course

By | March 28th, 2012|

Today we’ll work on preparation for the upcoming race by doing a full-throttle climb up Railroad Grade.

Meet at Gus Gym (for those who start from Tam)  at 3:30, at the Depot at 3:40, then rolling at 3:45 PM.

We may have other options after reaching the top, depending on weather and riders’ inclinations.

See you there!

Race Three Prep and Wednesday’s Practice

By | March 28th, 2012|

Coach Paul
Pro 1/2
Cherry Pie Criterium 2009
Hello Riders-
Well….its winter and this means rain. Due to the cancellation of Sunday’s ride we are a little behind in our race prep. I hope you have all had a chance to get out at least once this week. It looks like tomorrow will give us a slight reprieve in the afternoon so the ride will most likely happen. Check the blog in the early afternoon…..we’ll get a post of either way, ride or no ride.
In addition to tomorrows ride I encourage you to get at least one more day of riding before Sunday’s race. If you or a friend or your parent/gaurdian has a trainer to mount your bike to I suggest using that if you’d prefer to not ride outside. Its important, as we are in the thick of racing season, to have rides with some intensity. That can come in a variety of forms…short intervals, longer intervals, long rides, etc. For mid season practices I recommend at least one ride per week that replicates, as best you can, a race. Go out and really push the pace for 45 minutes to an hour. When you start slowing down remind yourself to keep going, don’t rest, don’t stop. On an effort scale of 1-10 these rides should be a solid 9. Be hydrated and properly fueled when you start these rides and have a recovery drink afterwards, preferably within 30 minutes of when your ride ends.
So….you have your homework. Don’t think other teams are taking it easy with this rain…they aren’t, and we shouldn’t either.
If you have any questions on last minute race prep, rides leading up to race day, etc….please, I encourage you to reach out to me.
Ride Safe
Coach Paul

Ride is Cancelled

By | March 25th, 2012|

Trail conditions and weather are canceling todays ride.

Coach Paul

Ride Tomorrow – check the blog

By | March 25th, 2012|

Due to sketchy weather check the blog in the morning. Rain cancels.

Coach Paul

Ride Today!

By | March 21st, 2012|

3:40 at The Depot. Best weather in 10 days…lets take advantage.

Coach Paul

Race # 2 – Assault on East Garrison!

By | March 15th, 2012|


Hello Team-

Word from Vanessa is that the race this weekend will happen! According to her the venue has very good drainage. Expect to get wet, expect to slip a little and expect lots of fast racing.
Race Logistics, in no particular order, but very important. Please take a few minutes to read.
Departure: Gus Gym, 11:30. The van leaves at 11;45 sharp. No hanging around. We will get a pre-ride in beforehand later in the afternoon. Its a tradition that we caravan to the race so if you are riding with a parent/guardian feel free to meet us at the gym when the van leaves.
Van riders as follows: Rich, Paul, Bob, Anna, Lisa, Jack, Dominik, Dylan. Note: Bob usually invokes rank on the tunes so no janky ipod playlists lest you’ll get your tunes booted.
Lodging:Super 8 Motel 2120 N. Fremont, Monterey 831-372-6066 Rooms are being held under Nancy Puckett. I believe roommates may already be sorted out but if not you can contact me and I’ll help get you paired with someone. Binda is the owner of the motel and Blair has forged a great connection over the years. For those who are lodging with the team for the first time please be respectful of other guests and the facilities. I’m told they will have towels for us to use to clean our bikes but please come prepared with an extra old rag/s should they not have them. DON’T USE ROOM TOWELS TO CLEAN BIKES.
Dinner: Tradition has the team and any parents/guardians dining together the night before. We found this place last year and are thinking we’ll eat here again. This is the one area I suggest newer riders do not follow veteran riders. Root beer floats and grilled cheese sandwiches = bad pre-race food. What you eat the night before the race is the fuel you’ll use during a long, rain-soaked race.
Stuff You Need: Rich called out a great list that is essential in bad weather:
  1. 2x the kit. 2 shorts, 2 jerseys. your stuff won’t dry overnight
  2. 2x leg and arm warmers (very nice to have but arm/leg warmers may dry overnight)
  3. garbage bag for wet stuff
  4. warm rainproof jacket
  5. folding chair to keep from sitting on a muddy ground
  6. glasses with clear or near clear lenses.
  7. towel for after the race and dry change of clothes
  8. Coach Paul will also add that newspapers are a pro’s secret to drying their shoes. Take the insoles out, flip the tongue up and shove as much standard newsprint paper inside and viola! Dry shoes in the morning.
  9. One additional item: base layer. Most currently wick sweat away and worn between you and your jersey. They are very, very useful in making you more comfortable.
Also….this park is known for poison oak. BE CAREFULL Despite my personal best attempts at staying away from the stuff putting my hands on my tires while loading my bike in the van was my undoing. We will have Tecnu but I suggest you have your own personal bottle of the stuff. Poison oak is nasty stuff.
A last few things:
Click Race info to find the details of the race.
We will pre-ride the course as a team when we get down there and before we check into the motel. We will discuss pre-riding the morning of. A few races we didn’t, most we did. We can decide the night of.
Post race food and snacks are being provided by parent volunteers of the team. I suggest bringing a few extra snacks that you normally prefer just in case. Also be sure to bring electrolyte drink mix for the race. We may have some clif shots/blocs but again…be prepared to fuel yourself during the race.
My arrival time estimate at Gus Gym is between 6 and 9pm. For parents not going down but picking their son/daughter up from the gym that evening you’ll be phoned shortly before we arrive. We do not leave anyone unattended at the gym but we are also exhausted. Please be waiting at the gym for us when we arrive.
Finally…..CHECK THE BLOG! I may have five more posts or no posts between now and when we leave. You never know.
Coach Paul

Ride Cancelled Today 3-14 + More Info….pls read

By | March 14th, 2012|

Unfortunately today’s ride is a total washout….as much of the week is supposed to be. There has also been questions as to if the race will happen this weekend. Thanks to the incredible support from many parents/guardians of the team we do have logistics finished and in place for the race. I’ll do a complete blog post tomorrow with race details as we’ll assume the event will happen unless we hear otherwise.

I know many of our riders are putting in lots of serious training….regardless of weather! As your coach I’ve cancelled the ride due to safety concerns and inclement weather. I advise you do the same. However, should you decide to ride today (or another day with dodgy weather) here are some sound tips:

Be advised that a rain jacket (rain cape in the Euro peloton) is an essential piece of equipment. Without one you’ll have moist kit chilling your body. Allowing your core body temperature to drop beyond a reasonable level impacts both judgement and reaction time. In a nutshell…riding gets dangerous. I have been witness to riders and teammates who have not always used sound judgement when it comes to protecting themselves from the rain…including an EMT situation and a ride in an ambulance. These things happen when you think you are in control but are really not prepared.

As the temperature drops with inclement weather your nutritional requirements increase more than you think. Your body begins to work overtime to protect your core temperature. This requires extra energy which comes from calories. Bring lots of food and…despite not feeling the need, be sure to drink lots of fluids. Finally….be careful. Rainy weather impacts the condition of the trails. Take downhills and corners slower than normal and make sure you have a riding partner and cell phones.

Ride Safe, Ride Smart
Coach Paul

Central Coast Classic….Are You Ready?

By | March 13th, 2012|

By now you all should have received an email regarding this weekend’s race logistics. Please check your inbox if you haven’t. The majority of riders we have heard from but some of those who usually race….we are unsure of your plans. Please let us know your plans for the weekend!

More to come.
Coach Paul

China Camp Cancelled– meet Depot 9am

By | March 11th, 2012|

State Parks has prevented us from riding at China Camp due to permit issues. We will meet as usual, 9am at the Depot. Please spread the word.