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Winter Short Track Series: January 26th 2014 Results

Sunday's short track race was a hit! Big thanks to all the sponsors and everyone who came out for the races! We had podiums all around and the weather was great! The TotalCyclist MTB Team has earned 430 points over the last 2 races, putting us in 3rd overall for the Team Standings! Way to go guys! In addition to all the amazing work our MTB Team has done, we are also extremely proud of all the TotalCyclist athletes who competed and placed this weekend! Your hardwork and determination does not go unnoticed! Check the names below to see how many awesome athletes we had out there this weekend! You guys rock!

TotalCyclist Athletes

Expert Women:
#2 Bonnie Kleffman*

Sport Women:
#1 Sam Bendt
#5 Ann Groninger
#9 April Wells
#13 Leanne McCann
#14 Bobbie Kimsey

Expert Men:
#3 Rick Pyle
#4 Chris Wieczorek*
#15 Rob Corbett*

Super Sport Men:
#2 Jamie Turski*
#4 Joe Hathcock
#5 John Cates

Sport Men 40+
#1 Kelly Hudson*
#2 Terry Slifer*
#8 Chad Andrews*
#19 Jim Heckman*
#22 Kemp Wall
#22 Brian Hester
#24 Julius Ulanday

Beginner Men 30-39
#6 Jon Carmack

Masters Men 50+
#7 Paul Wood
#9 Jimmy White

Juniors 13 & Under
#1 Ty Gibbs

* Indicates TotalCyclist MTB Team Rider.

Mountain Bike Team Pics 

 

 


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Read about Jay Forgione's cyclocross experience of last weekend. He won his age group and had a whole lot of fun!


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MLK day: "Faith is taking....."

"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase"

 

I am sure Dr. King had so many resounding levels of complexity in his statement, but in essence for all of us..including athletes you must take that first step. Commitment? Dedication? 

 

Fear is common in us. It's the fight or flight mentality. But, to be the best, you have to continously take the next step. The New Year has turned. Your resolutions are being taxed. You have to take that first step to commitment! Once you take that first step you are more inclined to take the second..especially if the first step was made with thoughtful, well planned intentions. 

 

Have the faith to plan it out. Each step will become closer to a succesful journey that will yield results in sport AND out. 

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On Suffering

Lofty title I know but stay with me. Far from some facile Nietzchean  "That which doesn't kill you makes you stronger" notion this is a blog about cycling not philosophy (duh) and besides, the good philosopher died at 46, quite possibly of syphilis. Keep that in mind the next time you quote a pop song. Ahem.

On New Year's Day I left my house for a training ride under grey skies and a temperature of 37 degrees (lack of effort on the part of the weather gods, who apparently took the day off as well). Heading into a chilly, windy metric on a mountain bike no less, my brain told me I was probably missing the point of the holiday. Be that as it may I remembered an article passed on by fellow lunatic Mark Drogalis of Toasted Head Racing - http://toastedheadracing.wordpress.com - which is one coach's diatribe on what separates good athletes from the elite: namely one's ability to suffer. 

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TotalCyclist Athletes/Teams: Crushing 2014 start!!

TotalCyclist athletes and teams have started off the season with a bang!!!!!!

 

Checkout these results!

Charlotte Short Track
TotalCyclistMTB

TotalCyclist MTB Team| #TeamJJF
Expert Mens:
#1 Chris Wieczorek 44 points, 41 team points
Expert Women’s: 
#1 Bonnie Kleffman 30/40

Sports Men 40+
#1Kelly Hudson  58/59
#21 Terry Gleason 18/9

Beginner:
#1 Christy Blakely 18/48

TotalCyclist Athletes
Women:
Sport:
#1 Ann Groniger
#2 Sam Bendt
#4 April Wells
#12 Cathi Mowery
#14 Stephanie Bush

Beginner:
#14 Danielle Suprick

Juniors: 
13 & Under 
#1 Ty Gibbs

Rumble in the Concrete Jungle

Rumble in the Concrete Jungle

Expert Men

#4 Jamie Turski


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**Video Blog: Motivation**

Baby...it's cold ...outside. Yeah, and like most of you guys when the temperature dips to zero's and negatives (50 if you're in Flo'Rida...but that's cold for you guys!) we are wimps too. That should not keep you from staying motivated. Nobody wants to run in 20 degree or get on the trainer in the garage. Just think that if you do..keep...motivated how much further you will be ahead of the game in 2014.

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Navigate your way to TotalCyclist: Setting "Goals"

 

This is a time of year the word “Goal” is used more often than during World Cup action. People state their goal, get excited, and BOOM…they are off and running. Common goals set this time of year are to podium in races, to shed 10 pounds, or to slay people on your group rides. Secretly, many of us want to hit those big goals as fast as we speak them. We forget that change isn’t easy and get frustrated when we don’t see fast progress…a total TKO for goals.

 

Planning a goal isn’t just one step of the process, yet often that is the way people handle goal-setting. It is the equivalent of stating “I want to drive to California!” and getting in the car without a Navigation system or a map. You might initially take some right turns because you know the roads around your home, but more than likely you are gonna get lost. A navigation system takes that long road trip and gives you simple step-by-step directions, that are easy to understand and take the guess work out of hitting your goal. It’s a lock if you follow the step-by-step plan! Navigation systems also give you a realistic time frame of how long your trip will take.

 

As you plan your goals for 2014, think about using a Navigation System approach. You know where you want to go, then take a little time to plan out the steps it will take to get you there. Just as when you travel, you tend to mentally hit mini goals and measure your progress when you hit big cities along the way, or with each passing hour. It feels good to see another city in your rearview mirror, or see that you are another hour closer to your destination. Mini goals allow confidence to build and sustain motivation. You also tend to have realistic timelines when you travel. Unless you found a wormhole, you can’t make the North Carolina to California drive in less than 36 nonstop hours (legally left laners). Realistically, you have to plan a little rest along the way, plan stops to fuel up, take nature breaks and get food and water. Plan rest, or active recovery into your goal setting. You might also have a setback such as a mechanical issue, unexplained traffic or weather that slows your progress.  Setbacks are almost always encountered on the road to chasing a big goal. While setbacks are annoying…they are temporary. If you expect them, and mentally plan for them, they won’t stop you from hitting your goal.

 

Good coaches, like the coaches at TotalCyclist have the understanding that hitting big goals and change isn’t easy, so they design creative ways to help you make it as easy as possible. TotalCyclist is like an Autobahn to your goal. You’ll get faster, better, stronger. A great mini goal to add to your plan is “Step over the threshold of TotalCyclist.” Once you are there, you go on autopilot. Your bike is set up, you warm up, you sweat, you experience the PainCave. Then you are done and get to check that mini goal off your list. You get a double shot of feel good chemicals floating around in your brain. Your brain is going to like that reward, and will seek more. TotalCyclist also adds the element of social fun, which makes hitting your goal feel easier and can add another level of motivation especially in the early stages of working toward a goal or when you hit setbacks and need to get back on track. As you keep hitting your mini daily goals, the long-term goal will take care of itself and you will understand why the PainCave is really a ChangeCave.

 

 

Barbara Greene, MA Sport Psychology

Performance Coach

Pure Performance, Inc.

404-729-6326

Twitter: @BGreene1

 

Bio:

Barbara Greene helps teams and athletes from the development level to the pro level with performance issues. Barbara obtained a Masters in Sport Psychology from Argosy University in Atlanta, GA with Dr. Alexander Cohen (now a Senior Sport Psychologist for the USOC). 


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