• Bloomer Park, Rochester Hills, MI

  • Racing the Provincial's Crit 2014

  • Forest City Velodrome - London, ON

  • Larkenville Challenge, Buffalo, NY

  • Winning the Sprint at the ForestCity Velodrome

  • Track Nationals 2014: Keirin

  • Track Nationals 2014: Points Race

  • OCUP #1: Feb 2015

Training

I've been mulling over the notion of strength and conditioning for cycling over the past week. A few things have happened and some stories that have been "told to me" that give me pause. However, I should step back a bike to start from the "beginning" of why I think I had a good idea of what strength training should involve.

In 2009, I was racing my first year of bike racing. I can remember something special: being able to sprint out over 1200W without an issue. Sept. 2015 was the first time in 6 years that I was able to do that again. In June 2009, my life changed. I crashed and went over the bars at 40km/h at the Midweek Crit during the final sprint and landed WHAM on my right side shattering my right femur. Not exactly the start to bike racing that I imagined. Since that faithful day, my right leg has never been the same, although, it took about two years to figure that out. One does not realize the amount of muscles it takes to walk until you have to learn to walk again. As a matter of interest, the crash left me with a rod permanently attached to my femur and the fine motor control in my right, I would learn, of a two year old.

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