April 9, 2016
This week was a bit different, with training starting at C4 Rider training HQ for some mental toughness training lead by Dr. Dwayne Harapnuik. The riders were exposed to a bit of what mental toughness is and a little bit on how to develop it though routines, scripts, and riding logs. There will be more sessions in the future to improve mental toughness but this was a very good start to what will really help improve the riders performance not only on race day, but throughout daily life.
The most surprising thing to everybody about mental training is the ratio of what mental training should be to physical training. If you go to the gym 7 hours a week, how many hours must you commit to mental training? C4 knows the answer. Do you?
The topic of tire pressure came up. The concept of running a lower tire pressure, while risking damaging your rims or burping the tire, would help keep you on the line and avoid the sharp rocks or roots that you don’t want to hit. Also different widths, manufacturers, and tread of tires would affect how much grip or rolling resistance that tire would give you. Racing starts in a few weeks, so riders must figure out what setup works best for them!
After a few hours of timing on the trails, it was time to head back to HQ for a nutrition workshop lead by Tracy Higgs of Foodease Meals. The riders were given an introduction into the world of sports nutrition which included a breakdown of the different kinds fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. The riders were also presented a visual aid of how much sugar there is in certain manufactured foods, the glycemic index and how to use it, and a good healthy snack to recharge the riders after their on-bike training. This is only the beginning! Riders will be taught how to cook certain foods, learn about recovery and hydration, caloric intake, and much much more in future nutrition sessions.
The awaited shipment of Sram components has arrived and what perfect timing! Boxes of cassettes, brakes, suspension, rebuild kits, and all the parts riders will need to keep their bikes in top shape for the season are neatly organized and ready to be used! Stay tuned for the 2016 Raceface Gear!
Photos by Levi Harapnuik and Cory Leclerc.
Words by Levi Harapnuik