Hey, coach, wake me up

By Michael Collier

Do I look relaxed? At the same point in the Knoxville Double in 2012 I was ready for the support wagon. In 2013, I nailed it, thanks to strength training to my core muscles. No leg cramps as I reveled at the beauty of Lake County the upper Napa Valley.

Do I look relaxed? At the same point in the Knoxville Double in 2012 I was ready for the support wagon. In 2013, I nailed it, thanks to strength training to my core muscles. No leg cramps as I reveled at the beauty of Lake County and the upper Napa Valley.

The first day of summer was nearly two months ago. But in many parts of California, it feels like summer has yet to shed its mild and moist mantle.

Good news: We are about to enter the de facto summer in Northern California, which begins in the last two weeks of August. With the start of the “Indian Summer” weather patterns, we enter a fabulous, warmer riding season in coastal California.

That means it’s time to get ready for a wave of epic events, including the Knoxville Double Century on Sept. 27, the Bass Lake Double Century on Oct. 11 and the Solvang Autumn Double Century on Oct. 18. No matter your condition, it’s time to get on the bike and enjoy the most beautiful time of year.

Just like your bike may need a tune-up, you may want to tune up your body to make you more fit for your final rides of the year. You also may want to deal with some of  your limitations — say, you want to improve your climbing or descending skills.

If that’s the case, call Coach Collier, a USA Cycling certified Level 3 coach who specializes in helping cyclists of all ages take riding skills to a higher level.

For more information on Michael Collier’s coaching services, go to the Coaching page of this blog.

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