As a coach and racer, Katie Whidden has been in the race and on the sidelines over the years. Here’s her short list of sure fire ways to fail your next race or group ride.
Failure 1: Not knowing how to ride in a group
No worse crime in racing than crossing wheels and taking yourself and rest of your team down. Not confident in riding close? Take the time to find a clinic, our team has clinics for both new and advanced riders.
Failure 2: Blowing off the front in a group ride
You’ll get called out and passed without mercy and left for dead. So unless you like riding alone, work together. It’s called a GROUP ride for a reason.
Failure 3: Being ‘that girl’
We’re women, we don’t forget – ask our husbands and boyfriends. Don’t feed into the negative energy and be the bully. When you’re the loud girl in the peloton trying to tell everyone what to do, you’re going to annoy a few people. We didn’t show up to listen to you boss us around, we came to race.
Failure 4: Racing Timid
If you aren’t as confident as you would like to be right now then fake it until you make it. Good racers will size you up prior to the race and notice how scared you are. Hold your line, don’t let jjust anyone in. You’re not being a bitch, you just need to hold your ground. Race big….pretend you’re like a 6’2 giant (AKA me)! Get out front, test your limits. Hell – blow up once, you’ll never know how far you can go until you go too far a few times.
Failure 5: Not coming prepared
Don’t show up for a 30 mile mountain bike ride without any food. We might all be guilty of making this mistake at least once, but if you do it again then shame on you for not learning the first time. I’m packing for me, not two. Food, tubes, levers, and water, pack what you need to be self sufficient.
Katie Whidden is a former D1 athlete, USA Cycling & USA Triathlon certified coach, and strength and conditioning specialist. She focuses on competing in time trials, but races all disciplines. She currently coaches athletes to help them reach their goals. Have a question or topic for Katie? Click here.