The Women of Mesa Cycles Racing
I did brief flexibility screenings and musculoskeletal history reviews with each racer and we did some practical reviews of fundamental mobility, core strength development and the basics of bodyweight squatting. We could've spent an entire day working on various things. Coach Adrienne had great questions and observations to help facilitate discussion and demonstration. The goal was to educate, screen for specific musculoskeletal issues that might become problematic in the future, and give these women some practical tips for off-bike training that they could use now and throughout the season.
Too many endurance athletes, and athletes in general, NEVER really get a physical screening that involves a hands-on musculoskeletal component. And they don't ever really learn how they need to train with resistance to really facilitate their particular athletic development needs. How can you "pre-hab" (not a favorite term of mine) or get stronger if you have no idea why you are doing what you are doing, and you don't know whether or not your strength/mobility/alignment/body awareness is deficient?
I want to thank Adrienne for investing in me and giving me the chance to assist the women of Mesa Cycles Racing with their training. I'll do everything I can to help each athlete stay strong and fit on the bike and off it.