I've got to give a nice shout out and thank you to my coach Adam Mills with Source Endurance. He took me under his wing when I had a broken one. (collarbone early 2012). From there, he fine tuned the workouts and training load I was able to handle balancing my busy schedule. To have someone looking at your workouts and your body's ability/inability to handle it, is very beneficial when wanting the best out of your potential. (especially for those of us on limited schedules for said training).
A nice visit from USADA (yet again) this morning, they mentioned that: "well, you came out of nowhere" No, not really. I've always been competitive with the level of commitment I've been able to delegate to the sport and training. And as one progresses with success from local to regional to national level, just because I wasn't "winning or getting results" before, doesn't mean I wasn't putting in the work to get to where I am. (Adam and I have kept track of the volume and output my body is capable of, and have watched it steadily rise as the training and races have gone on). Plus, when you've got teammates that are killing it, why would we change the formula of racing for them?
He's got a nice ad out in the latest VeloNews with a photo from the National Championship podium. In addition, he's dissected my file from that race for Cycling Illustrated in the article linked below. Giving the actual power numbers from that day. (I may or may not have done more output in other races for my teammates to help their success than I did that day :)
If you're looking for someone who is like the Count from Sesame Street and loves combing through the numbers that you or I don't have time to do, give Adam and the other Coaches at Source Endurance a call. Let them figure out the right program you can handle, and follow it. Get the results, wether that's in racing, or seeing yourself reach what you never thought possible.