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Archive for August, 2011

One rider’s journey from suffering to triumph – the REAL thing!

By Jennifer Sage On August 29, 2011 2 Comments

What a rider looks like as he emerges from the Pain Cave

“One rider’s journey from suffering to triumph”

That is the tagline for my Alpe d’Huez ride that I’ve presented at numerous conferences and Master Classes since 2003. It is coached as if the instructor is the voice in the rider’s head, and the students are the rider, a young domestique in his first Tour de France. The dialogue describes his thoughts as he suffers after dropping off the back of the peleton, and then as he climbs Alpe d’Huez and experiences doubt and pain, and wonders why he is doing this, why he chose this sport, and he thinks about quitting….and then of course, he finds his legs again

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Epic Aspen follow up – George Hincapie waved to us!!

By Jennifer Sage On August 23, 2011 3 Comments

This week is the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado, the inaugural weeklong stage race through the mountains and towns of Colorado. This is VERY exciting to say the least! I’ll be going to three stages, Stages 2, 3, and 4 one Wed, Thur and Fri and will report back to you. But the biggest news for now….

Allen Jones of Epic Rides was here in Colorado this past week to film two new virtual rides. The first one was Epic Mount Evans, which goes to the highest paved road in the US. I had no desire to be in that video – pedaling at anything over 12,000 feet is not my own idea of fun, and Mt Evans goes over 14,000 feet (4,270m)! But it will be a beautiful and challenging virtual ride, that’s for sure.

However, and maybe I’m a little biased, I think the Epic

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Training for the Epic Aspen virtual ride!

By Jennifer Sage On August 15, 2011 No Comments

Epic Planet is coming to Colorado!

Last year, Allen of Epic Planet and I were planning on filming one of his virtual rides here in Colorado, but we were unable to make the timing work. So I guess you can say this has been a full year of planning! Being that Colorado is a cycling mecca, and the scenery is so incredibly beautiful, I have a very strong feeling that our Epic Aspen ride that we will be filming will be the BEST of their entire library!

Or…maybe I’m a tad biased…. 😉

Allen arrived today to film another Colorado virtual ride up Mount Evans this Wednesday, the tallest paved road in the US – to 14,000 feet (4,267m) – not my idea of a lot of fun! Anything over 12,000 feet (3,657m) and your legs turn to lead. I think I’d rather watch that one on the DVD! We have our

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On suffering and pain – two great quotes

By Jennifer Sage On August 11, 2011 No Comments

suffering in spinning class

A recent post on the Indoor Cycling Association website described my own journey through pushing through suffering (on a steep, hard climb just out of my ability level at the time) and the tools I used to get me through it. In the post I challenged you as an instructor to make sure you visited that place on occasion so that you can remind yourself from time to time what it feels like to wonder if you are going to succeed, to battle the thoughts of doubt, and learn how to overcome them. Read “Mind Over Misery: when was the last time you allowed yourself to suffer?”

Well, today I found two quotes that are perfectly apropos to this subject. As a cyclist, you know exactly

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Learn about the Lactate Threshold from Lucille Ball

By Jennifer Sage On August 7, 2011 3 Comments

Happy Birthday, Lucille Ball!

The I Love Lucy show provides one of the most humorous and excellent analogies for the lactate threshold (LT). In honor of Lucille Ball’s 100th birthday, I want to share this hilarious video. I’ve been using this analogy since my early days as a master instructor for Spinning.

When we speak about exercise intensity, we refer to the lactate threshold or LT. LT can be a fairly complicated concept to understand, but this video should help clarify it for you.

What is the lactate threshold? Lactate is a metabolic byproduct of anaerobic glycolysis. Normally, as lactate is produced, the body clears it from the blood and converts it into useable energy. As long as the body can easily clear the lactate, the effort is still at a level that is aerobic. As intensity increases, lactate is produced at a faster rate.

When the

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Anyone coming to Colorado to watch the USA Pro Challenge?

By Jennifer Sage On August 1, 2011 1 Comment

Who wants to come to Colorado in August for the USA Pro Challenge? It will be like watching the Tour de France in the Alpes, but in the Rockies! Oh, but without the real yummy baguettes and fromage (well, I guess you can still have that, but you’ll have to search)!

Soooo, guess what? I live smack in the middle of the course! I would welcome anyone who wants to ride with us to any of the stages. I can’t guarantee that we’ll all stay together, but we can celebrate before and after, and meet up, and I can give some tips on logistics and stage viewing. For a couple of the stages if you are anywhere close, we can meet at my house and go from there.

Here are the stages

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