Newsletter 30 | What I’ve Learned

What I’ve learned

We just started a new series on the blog titled “What I’ve Learned” where our coaches share a short summary of something they’ve learned recently.  In our latest post I share what I’ve learned about training in the mornings.  Here are a few highlights.

  1. My early morning rides work best when I plan ahead.  I try to minimize any barriers to getting out the door shortly after waking up.  I try to have my bike, kit, and food all ready to go the night before.
  2. I eat as many carbs as I can stomach before heading out.  The rest of my ride is always better if I make sure to eat before.
  3. I try to minimize decision fatigue by planning out any podcasts or music playlists the day before.  All I have to do is grab my phone and go.
  4. I try my best to stay organized.  The better organized I am the greater chance I’ll have of sleeping soundly the night before and early morning ride.  “Loose ends” knocking around my head have the potential to sabotage early morning plans.

Check out the rest of the post on training in the mornings by clicking here.

To check out our first post in the “What I Learned” series head over to DDA coach Sam Bassetti’s post on what he learned traveling and racing bikes this summer over 7 weeks on the road.  In short, skipping a bike day for fishing is a good call!

For the Data Fans

If you’re a fan of bike racing in Northern California and love a good data nerd fest, check out another of our most recent posts where we break down Data Driven Athlete Aria K.’s impressive win at the University Road Race in Santa Cruz, CA.

DDA coach Sam Bassetti does a great job providing a snapshot into what it takes to win one of the toughest amateur races in CA.  You can head directly to the post by clicking here.

Formal Invitation

If you’re winding down your season and looking for a chance to head out with a friendly group in the Sacramento area, come join us Sunday, September 24 for our first DDA Open Ride of the season.  We’ll be hosting a series of rides throughout the fall and winter as we head into 2018.  Further details and route info will be available on our website in the coming weeks.

In addition to our open ride, we would love to have you join us at our second annual DDA Napa Valley Training Camp.  We had a blast last year and would love to see you in attendance in 2018!  If you have any further questions we’re always available to help.

Nate Dunn
Founder/Head Coach
Data Driven Athlete