Any condition you are not used to riding in is a challenge. I have done most of my riding in northern California and Colorado. In Colorado, the trails are generally loose and rocky. California has some wet, muddy conditions, but can also be dry and hard
Now that you have your yearly schedule mapped out and you know what types of training tools you will use as well as when to be tested and how, it is time to start training. In this chapter you will learn about the four phases of training—preparation,
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selection and fitting of equipment for the optimal match of personal attributes with current technology,
technical maneuvers that maximize both speed and safety,
training methods and workouts that yield superior results, and
racing preparations and tactics that make competition more rewarding and more successful.
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Part I: Negotiating Tough Courses
Chapter 1. Carving Turns
Chapter 2. Climbing Steep Grunts
Chapter 3. Flying on the Down Side
Chapter 4. Clearing Drop Offs
Chapter 5. Maintaining Traction in Slippery Conditions
Chapter 6. Plowing Through Sand Pits
Chapter 7. Breaking Loose on the Flats
Chapter 8. Dominating Slick Rocks and Baby Heads
Chapter 9. Hoofing Through Dangerous Spots
Chapter 10. Crossing Water
Part II: Pre-Race Training and Conditioning
Chapter 11. Setting a Performance Timetable
Chapter 12. Monitoring Your Progress
Chapter 13. Building Speed and Endurance
Part III: Planning for Race Day
Chapter 14. Pre-Race Peaking Pros and Cons
Chapter 15. Pre-Riding the Course
Chapter 16. Preparing for Race Day
Chapter 17. Executing Your Mental Plan
Chapter 18. Adjusting to Obstacles
Ann Trombley works as an elite cycling coach to participants of all ages, abilities, and disciplines. She has been a mountain biker for 20 years and has competed for 10, during which time she earned a spot on the U.S. mountain bike racing team at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, won the National Short Track Championship, and placed 12th at the World Championships.
Trombley received a bachelor of science degree in movement education from the Dominican College and a master's degree in physical therapy from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She is currently a physical therapist at the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine in Colorado. She also runs women's mountain bike clinics, which are designed to help women improve riding skills, assess bike fit, and learn basic maintenance skills. Trombley has been a member of the board for the National Off-Road Bicycling Association (NORBA) and USA Cycling.
Trombley resides in Boulder, Colorado, where she cycles, gardens, and camps in her spare time.