Gravel Worlds Prep & Goals

It took me a while to break out of the post Dirty Kanza funk. I worked really hard to get to the starting line in Emporia fit and ready to rip. I had a race there that I was 100% stoked on and couldn’t have been happier with my fitness on the day (Thanks Cody!). Of course there was, and still is, a little part of me that wonders “what if” I hadn’t broken my wheel at my 90 while hanging on to the tail end of the lead group. Once my legs and body recovered a bit I started… Read more →

Dirty Kanza 200 2018 Race Report

It’s taken me way too long to get my thoughts together about what happened on 6/2 in Emporia, Kansas. It’s been years since I’ve done a race that totally wrecked me and also has me counting the days until I can be on that start line again. I got everything I was looking out of DK… and more. I’ve already posted a bunch about the race, did podcast (check it out here), and another interview for the Wattie Ink blog (here) about my race so I’ll keep this a brief as possible. Everybody races and does events like this for their own… Read more →

Goals for Dirty Kanza!

After a long drive yesterday we are in Emporia! We had dinner at Radius Brewing last night and to my surprise they had a really solid Hazy IPA… this trip is off to a good start. This will be third and final post before Dirty Kanza. This one will be about my goals heading into tomorrow’s race… and they are pretty simple. My goals are to go a fast I can on the day and finish as close to the front as possible… and finish no matter what. The finish times every year are very dependent on the race day… Read more →

My Bike and Gear for Dirty Kanza

Training is always a huge component of having a great race but in a race like Dirty Kanza having your gear dialed in and tested is almost just as important. Flat tires and mechanical issues seem to happen to everyone who races DK. I’ve spent most of the year testing everything I plan on using race day but am also hoping for a bit of luck on race day. I have to start with my bike… my dream bike… the Allied Alfa All Road. I feel so fortunate that I was able to jump onboard and be an ambassador for… Read more →

Training for Dirty Kanza: Becoming Fatigue Resistant

Hopefully this will be the first of 3 posts that I’ll get out this week. This one will cover my training for Dirty Kanza, the next one the bike and gear I’m using, and then a final one with goals for the race. I ended my race season last year in August with the Leadville 100 MTB. It was an OK day and I rallied to break 8 hours after suffering and having bad legs most of the day. In September I did my first gravel race, The Crippler. I didn’t do any specific training for it and just had… Read more →

Pony Xpress 160k Race Report

Race number two of 2018 is in the books. The Pony Xpress 160k was the second race of the two race Colorado Gravel Grinder Championship series. Due to the the location of the race (Trinidad, CO – 3 hours south of Denver) the field wasn’t as big but there were still plenty of fast dudes to battle with and an extremely challenging, and amazing, course. James O. and I drove down Friday afternoon through plenty of traffic but were rewarded with a rad pizza spot right by our hotel. Saturday morning it was the typical early wake up, an awesome… Read more →

Encierro Velo 100k Race Report

my season and training hit it’s first snag the past couple of weeks. odds are over the course of a year/season it’s going to happen at some point. and just like about anything in life it’s all about how your react and let if affect you. you can let it get to you, mentally crack, and think all the fitness you worked so hard to gain has slipped away…. or you can just embrace it and roll with it because there is nothing you can do to get the time back. just move forward. for me I took the week… Read more →

Sessions:6 Offseason Program Block 5 Recap and Goals for BWR

Well… better late than never I suppose. I am already over a week into the 6th and final block of the Sessions:6 Offseason program. I’m starting to feel really fit and am cracking out to race and test my fitness. After doing some power testing and getting my new numbers we tackled some anaerobic power intervals in block 5. Block 4 was all about VO2 max intervals which I was pretty familiar with but had kind of avoided over the last few years. Anaerobic intervals are something I had never done or focused on. I did 15”, 30” and 60”… Read more →

Sessions:6 Offseason Program Block 4 Recap

Last week, with a down week and some power testing on the bike, I completed block 4 of the Sessions:6 Offseaon program. These posts may seem to be getting kind of redundant… but the gains keep on coming and fitness continues to prove with each block. I know that’s the point of training plan but I’m continued to be shocked by the power I’m putting out on the bike and strength I’ve build squatting and deadlifting. On the strength side there was no peaking or maxing out but it was pretty challenging. In this block plyometrics were introduced and the… Read more →

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Sessions:6 Offseason Program Block 3 Recap

It’s hard to believe I’m already half way through the Sessions:6 Offseason Program. Time is for sure flying by and racing seems like it’s right around the corner. I was supposed to race this weekend at the Old Man Winter Bike Rally but they’re calling for snow up there Saturday with a low 7 degrees overnight. The race starts at 10am so it will likely be in the teens at the start… and that’s just not for me. On Wednesday this week I was down and out. I woke up in the middle of the night tuesday with a gnarly… Read more →