“What you are as a person is far more important than what you are as a basketball player.”
I just started Chris Boshs’ fantastic book, “ Letters To A Young Athlete” and the above quote jumped off the first page. I’ve been reading some fairly intense books lately like The Great Influenza by John Barry and a U.S. Grant biography that Jay lent me in Moab last fall, so I’m happy to be back in my wheelhouse a bit with someone dropping “Woodenisms”
The other book floating around right now is Indian Givers by Jack Weatherford, which while having a kind of unfortunate name, is actually about how the Native Americans influenced and transformed the world in a few centuries. That book lives in the rooftop tent where I spent the weekend at Six Sigma Ranch and Winery for the Norcal Conference Championships.
An absolutely fantastic course and probably the prettiest I have ever seen in the Asbill Creek Valley. The lupine and poppies are absolutely exploding right now, as were the race fields behind Owen Irving and Noah Bott, who both climbed onto the podium in their respective races.
The TLHS team had a little birthday party and the families brought up two Ooni pizza ovens, so the kids had a ball making pizzas on Friday night, and Saturday night I hung out with all the East Bay peeps catching up on things, then was lucky enough to volunteer as a roving course marshal on Sunday.
One of the positives of being up the valley is the data service is pretty much non-existent, but I enjoyed the flood of positive emails and texts Sunday night as I got home. You all crushed it this weekend!
Results And Kudos
Caleb Smith- P155/ 8499 , 1:29:37, Pittsburgh Half Marathon ( first half mary, WOW)
Madeline Frechette- P6, Golden State Criterium, P123 Women, Rancho Cordova,CA
Haley Nielsen- P12, Golden State Criterium, P123 Women, Rancho Cordova, CA
Alec Guilford- P9, Golden State Criterium, Elite 5 Men, Rancho Cordova, CA
Madeline Frechette- P5, Golden State Circuit Race, P123 Women, Rancho Cordova, CA
Haley Nielsen- P1, Golden State Circuit Race, P123 Women, Rancho Cordova,CA
Alec Guilford- P6, Elite 5, Golden State Circuit Race, Rancho Cordova, CA
Owen Irving- P5, Varsity Boys, Six Sigma Ranch, Lake County, CA
Noah Bott- P5, JV Boys, Six Sigma Ranch, Lake County, CA
A giant congratulations to bike fitting clients Seth and Ali for getting married this weekend in a very bike-themed affair!
Bike Fitting Thoughts
Finding the right stem length and rise
Many cyclists make compromises on finding the correct stem for their bike and riding style. Two thoughts on this
Tips for at home without a fitter looking at you and an adjustable stem on the bike-
Spend some time trying out different dimensions until you get it right for you! You’ll go faster and trust your bike more!
Coaching “Race Weight” Intelligently: A Case Study
I’ve been coaching for seventeen years and I’m still shocked and pissed at some of the messaging I hear about “making race weight”, both from male and female coaches.. If this is of interest to you, I highly recommend Dr. Kate Bennetts recent book on the various types of disordered eating happening in endurance sports and what the messaging and recovery should look like.
EXPOSED BY A STRAVA KOM: THE MANY LIVES OF A FAKE PRO CYCLIST
This is a deep dive, grab a cup of coffee and get into it. Fascinating article.