I live near the top of a mountain. It’s about 1,200 vertical feet from downtown Boulder to my house, with a peak grade of 17% and a whole lot of painful memories strewn about.
Overall I climb it faster and easier than ever. Some days … some days I fly! It’s so easy.
Other days … many days … I suck.
In the past I’ve never offered public women-only classes.
1. I work with people, not genders.
2. Gender does not determine how you ride or learn. I’ve taught more than 5,000 people at all levels, ages and genders. Contrary to stereotypes, some men are too timid and some women are too careless. I teach people, not genders.
3. Other women’s classes I’ve seen seem like watered down rah-rah sessions rather than actual instruction. If you want to go have fun with your friends, do it! If you want to learn how to Ride and Live better, come to an LLB class.
4. Well more than half of my clients, especially in private and semi-private groups, are women. I never saw a need to exclude the other gender.
However, something special happens when a group of women joins in a spirit of shared shred, and there’s no doubt that a female coach can reach female riders in ways I can’t. I felt this the last time Amy Shenton co-coached a large group of women from a local club. Something magic was happening. And we want to make more magic.
We are now offering women-only classes!
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Amy is teaching classes April 18, April 25 and May 2. If there’s demand we’ll add more.
I hope you have a moment to read because, in our little MTB world, this feels like a major evolution.
I’ve been playing with these videos for a while now, and I’m stoked to announce the official launch of Spintertainment.
Spintertainment comes from pro MTB racer (and skills client) Eric Landis. Eric is a serious minded guy with a vision and a commitment to excellence—and it really shows. This is some beautiful work.
Perform a variety of workouts: power, XC, trail and authentic, which mimics the actual ride.
Get stronger while watching skilled riders shred world class trails.
If you’re familiar with Sufferfest: Spintertainment is similar, but the production quality is way higher and this is mountain biking—so it’s radder.
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I have an interesting question for you.
You are coming down a single track on the side of the mountain, and there is a typical tight switchback, narrow and 330 degree turn.
How do you tackle this without loosing too much speed and not going down the hill
I’m currently following PUTB and will be moving onto PTPI to prepare for next race season. I race DH and Enduro and have trouble with my grip in extra long runs. I have been tweaking my brake and cockpit setup over the last 4 months but know I will still have issues come race seasons on some of the longer descents. I am registering for a race in June with a 3500’ stage and I’m wondering if you have any advice on exercises to add in the gym (I already do lots of KBSs, Deadlifts, Chinups, and basic movements) to up my grip endurance.
I was wondering about your Pump Up the Base program. Have you developed any indicators of training progress? Any sort of approximated chart of how much output one ought to be delivering? I don’t care how scientifically accurate it would be, knowing you I make am sure that you have enoug base of references. I just need some good point of reference and I am generally interested in your spinning. What I need is 1. A measuring tool. 2.Training program for pedalling that will compliment my lifting of metal objects.
Lee, besides off-season training/crosstraining, can you recommend some winter time bike related training that can be done so that we don’t lose skills? Considering that we have 18” of snow on the ground?
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It’s getting time for me to begin the Pump Up the Base/Prepare to Pin It workout programs again.
This year, I put about twice as much time in the saddle as last year, and I think overall, my basic cardio/threshold endurance is still in good shape. I’m finding, though, that where I get gassed riding on the trails is riding up steep, technical terrain, where I have to really crank out multiple series of short bursts of pretty high-effort pedaling. Little efforts where you really have to red line it to clear rocks and roots, etc., while pedaling uphill.
So I was wondering what you think of this: Since my aerobic/threshold endurance has held pretty well over the last year, I was thinking that maybe I could double up on Prepare to Pin It. I was thinking I would do each week twice. (e.g., Do the first week, then do it again the following week; do week two, then do it again the next week, and so on, through week 12 for a total of 24 weeks.)
I know P2PI gets really intense, and that last four weeks have the potential to be miserable. Would I be hurting myself more than helping with this plan? Just wondering what your thoughts were on this.