Photo Credit for many photos: E Enarson, Brent Murphy, Reid Neureiter, Terri Irsik Smith, John Westergard

Naked Women’s Racing is a competitive women’s cycling team for racers, women’s club team for enthusiasts, and the model for the future of women’s cycling.

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Finding Training Time When Life is Hectic

Starting medical school has forced Cat 3 Colorado State Road Champion Alexandra Morgan to adopt a new training strategy. Read on for tips to train when life is hectic. 

I started medical school in New Hampshire two months ago. When I moved I brought my bike, helmet and all of the clothes necessary to be comfortable and safe while riding. The last few months mother nature has brought a plethora of beautiful, sunny days and my new home has supplied endless quiet, incredible roads to ride. The one thing that I’m lacking right now? Time. School has been fast and furious the last eight weeks without any sign of letting up (I actually think it is getting harder!). With less than an hour of free time most days, I really struggled to find time to get out on rides and decided that I would take a brief hiatus from racing and riding while I made my way through school. But the open roads called to me as I drove to school each day and my bike sat in our entry way as a constant reminder of the sport I love so much. So a few weeks ago, I decided to make a training plan that would allow me to ride while still making school a priority. I wanted to share a few tips and tricks for anyone else struggling to find time to ride amidst a busy stage of life.

  1. Trainer rides can be your best friend. Before this year the trainer was my enemy. It signaled bad weather that kept me off the beautiful Boulder roads. Now, I love my trainer. It gives me the freedom to ride early mornings or late evenings. Getting comfortable with trainer rides helps create flexibility during your day. This way you can focus on what’s important and squeeze in a ride when there’s time. You won’t be dependent on weather or sunlight which can help take some pressure away from finding time to ride. If you’re in the market for a new trainer, independent product reviewer DC Rainmaker puts out an annual list of trainer recommendations.
  2. No ride is too short. Even if you only have 30 minutes to get out, take advantage of that time and get in a short, hard ride. You can really maximize this time if you set out everything you need and get your bike ready the night before.
  3. Take advantage of slower days to get in long rides. Getting out for 2 hours to break up the monotony of 1 hour (or shorter) rides can really help to breathe some life into a training plan.
  4. Plan your rides. If I don’t plan out the specific time that I will get in a ride each day it likely won’t happen. I have learned that the busier my day is, the more intentional I have to be about carving out free time to exercise.
  5. Ride with some friends or get out for a group ride whenever you get the chance. Just riding the trainer can get very monotonous at times and I have found that my passion for the sport comes back full force when I ride with other people. There is something so wonderful about the sense of community that cycling creates!

note: if you live in the Denver area consider joining us for a group ride! Our calendar lists our group rides.

Keep Cyclocross Weird – A Roadie’s POV

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Naked Women’s Racing Cyclocross Team as Alice in Wonderland, Schoolyard CX.

I admit it. I’m completely jealous of Cyclocross.

Us uptight roadie types don’t hear much laughter at our races. The only heckling we get is from fellow racers if we don’t hold our line. The weirdness of cross speaks to the athlete in me that also wants to have fun. Too much time spent concentrating on power to weight ratios does that to a person.

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Amanda Bye, NWR co-captain

I asked Amanda Bye, Cx co-captain for Naked Women’s Racing Cyclocross team, her opinion about a cross staple; heckling. I imagine good-natured heckling would be like throwing fuel on the burning metabolic fire, helping take it up a notch.

Here’s the gospel according to Amanda: “Heckling in good fun should never interfere in someone’s race (throwing beer, shots, donuts, crossing course tape, etc) and should not be demeaning or mean. It also helps to know your audience. Some people love being heckled (case in point -me), others get their feelings hurt. So, as in all of life – – know your audience”.

Ok, so there’s at least two of us that think the right kind of heckling has its place at CX races. What’s the right kind?

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Emily Zinn, NWR Cx co-captain as Jesse Mile High Urban Cx Chaos

Beginner sampling of mild, good-natured heckles as heard by Emily Zinn and Amanda Bye:

“C’mon it is early season but not THAT early season, get on your bike.”

“If you are going to walk your bike that much, get a leash for it.”

“Maybe in war nobody gets left behind, but this is cyclocross!”

“The only way you manage to hold off racers is by blowing snot rockets!”

“The only time you’ve ever been called fast was by your prom date!”

“Maybe you could swim through the mud and call it a triathlon. Then you could be dead last and still win.”

Have a good one to add? Let us know. But remember the rules: The art of heckling is to be funny without being mean.  And as cyclocross pro Adam Myerson said in an interview with Bicycling magazine, “One, don’t be a d**k. Two, “business at the front, party in the back”. Give the people racing the respect of racing”.

I’m all for respect. And for keeping cross weird.

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Kate Williams is a roadie for Naked Women’s Racing. Feel free to let her know how much faster her Grandma can ride.

Recent Race Results!

November

Cross of the North 11/12

Amanda Bye SSW 1st
Leigh Rivet SW4 14th
Bridgette Enarson SW4 9th
Amanda Bye SW3 15th
Kate Pavlik SW3 12th

Cross of the North 11/11

Emily Zinn Sw3 15th
Amanda Bye SW3 21st
Bridget enarson SW4 3rd
Leigh Rivet SW4 17th
Joan Orgeldinger MW40+ 1st

Rhyolite 11/4

Kate Pavlik SW3 3rd
Wendy Stalnaker SW3 6th
Bridgette Enarson SW4 1st
Beth Lev-Tov SW4 3rd
Melissa Westergard SW4 4th
Joan Orgeldinger MW40+ 2nd

CYCLO X Sienna Lake 11/5

Brittany Jones SSW 1st
Beth Lev-Tov MW50+ 1st
Lori Antolec MW 40+ 4th
Joan Orgeldinger MW 40+ 2nd
Angie Michalik SW4 19th
Leigh Rivet SW4 18th
Melissa Westergard SW4 16th
Bridgette Enarson SW4 4th
Amanda Bye SW3 8th

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A Colorado Women’s Cycling Project, Naked Women’s Racing was founded November, 2010 by three competitive cyclists passionate about women’s racing and simply getting more women on bikes. The team has grown to include 100+ women in all categories of competitive cycling. The team competes in cyclocross, mountain biking, road and track. In 2012, the team incorporated a club to foster women who are cycling enthusiasts and thinking of trying out racing. Though we support the beginning racer, we’ve won several state and national team and individual titles. Naked Juice is our title sponsor. If you drink good and do good, you’ll feel good. It’s really that simple. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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